This third, revised, and enlarged edition of Benjamin Shwadran's
highly acclaimed study of Middle East oil now brings the story up
to date by linking it to the energy crisis of the 1970s. Written in
an absorbing narrative style tracing the course of the
negotiations, maneuvers, and conflicts which have marked relations
between the oil companies, the producing countries, and the Great
Powers during the past seventy years, the book examines the impact
of oil on the Middle East as well as its strategic and political
role in the international arena and prospects for the future.
Capping his penetrating analysis of the forces at play in the
Middle East oil story, Shwadran presents the alternatives facing
the Western consuming countries and discusses the possibility of
reducing international tensions through a radical solution to the
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