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by Thomas W. Lippman,Wallace Stegner

  • ISBN: 0970115741
  • Category: Engineering
  • Author: Thomas W. Lippman,Wallace Stegner
  • Subcategory: Engineering
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Selwa Press; 1St Edition edition (September 18, 2007)
  • Pages: 320 pages
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  • Rating: 4.8
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of this book written by Philip L. Fradkin in the San Francisco Chronicle lead me to Stegner's work

of this book written by Philip L. Fradkin in the San Francisco Chronicle lead me to Stegner's work. Fradkin's article was not actually about the CONTENT of the book so much as the circumstances surrounding its commissioning and publication.

Wallace Stegner, Thomas W. Lippman (Foreword)

Wallace Stegner, Thomas W. Lippman (Foreword). I have loved Wallace Stegner since reading Angle of Repose and Wolf Willow a few years ago. In this book he fights an uphill battle to make the the historical facts of Standard Oil's Arabian venture an interesting read. It is indeed interesting but rarely enthralling.

Wallace Stegner's Discovery! and the Building of the Modern World. Published by Thriftbooks

Wallace Stegner's Discovery! and the Building of the Modern World. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 11 years ago. Stegner does an incredible job of encapsulating Saudi-US history by covering a decade in these few hundred pages. In that small amount of space the reader is forced to reconcile his or her politics on a grand generalistic level and confront the reality of the personal space.

Wallace Stegner is the author of more than 30 books, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Angle of Repose. He established the creative writing program at Stanford University in 1945. Thomas W. Lippman is an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute. He is the author of Egypt After Nasser, Inside the Mirage: America's Fragile Partnership with Saudi Arabia, Madeline Albright and the New American Diplomacy, and Understanding Islam. He has traveled extensively in Saudi Arabia as a reporter and diplomat on behalf of the Washington Post. He lives in Washington, DC.

The Arabian Oil Company discovered the Khafji oil field in 1960 and the Hout oil field .

The Arabian Oil Company discovered the Khafji oil field in 1960 and the Hout oil field in 1963. Karl Twitchell was an American mining engineer. Thomas Barger was an American geologist, explorer, miner, businessman and former CEO of the Arabian American Oil Company. William Alfred "Bill" Eddy, P. minister to Saudi Arabia (1944–1946); university professor and college president (1936–1942); . Marine Corps officer, serving in World War I and World War II; and . intelligence officer. Saudi Arabian oil was first discovered by the Americans in commercial quantities at Dammam oil well No. 7 in 1938 in what is now modern day Dhahran.

Wallace Stegner was a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist who authored over thirty books, including Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety. Mr. Stegner died in 1993.

They responded to questions from audience members. Thomas Lippman was formerly the Middle East bureau chief for Washington Post. Wallace Stegner was a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist who authored over thirty books, including Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety.

Foreword by Thomas W. Lippman. Vista, CA: Selwa Press, 2007. Related books and articles. How was it?" In the chapter entitled "Pioneers," Wallace Stegner poses this question asked by new recruits first arriving at the compound of the Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco) in Dhahran in the 1950s.

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Illuminating a little-known but extremely significant period in world history—the discovery of oil in the Middle East and the beginnings of what is now the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)—this captivating history explores the birth of the Middle Eastern oil industry. From the king and his royal court to the desert guides, scientists, and mechanics who built the original oil company, Aramco, the distant and desperately poor world of Depression-era Saudi Arabia is vividly brought to life. Written more than 50 years ago, this detailed account serves as a kind of time capsule and features the author’s prescient insights into the cultural and technological consequences of King Ibn Saud’s deliberate decision to choose America as his commercial ally.
Reviews about Discovery!: The Search for Arabian Oil (7):
Winotterin
Excellent book, written from personal interviews of the people involved and ARAMCO documents on the discovery of oil in Saudi Arabia. A story of human perseverance in a difficult environment.
Jozrone
Really good. My great uncle was with them at the time so it was fun reading about him! Very good description of the Arabs and their world before America got there. Wonderful to read about the care and respect all had for each other. No government involvement helped!!
Zuser
This book is a fascinating account of how oil was discovered in the Middle East by Standard Oil Company of California now Chevron. Stegner was a Pulitzer Prize winning author and noted teacher of creative writing and environmentalist. This book is somewhat controversial. The introduction is particularly worth reading as it discusses the changes that American enterprise brought to Arabia as well as the significant contribution that the Saudis made to transforming their country. It is written in the style of a novel and well worth reading as an adventure story.
tamada
Brilliant! My favorite book of my year!!!
fightnight
excellent gift
Arashigore
The beginning of something big often starts out small....

There was a time when the Persian Gulf was simple, quiet and undisturbed. A place where religious pilgrimages were made with little interruption, and life went on as it had for centuries. But then came change....

It was gradual and slow to start. The government leaders were cautious, skeptical of the advanced nations. Yet they desired the betterment of their people and country. There were many voices-and the choices were vast. Who should they trust? What country offered the most?

King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud allowed numerous companies the opportunity to explore for oil. But it was the influence of St. John Philby, a former English intelligence office and Muslim convert that opened doors for the Americans.

During the 1930's depression, taking risks could be disastrous. However, the American oil company was successful. After many negotiations the Saudi King granted a partnership. The Americans agreed to share profits, build roads and towns, and most importantl, train employees. There was much the Saudi people needed to learn, and it would take many years before Aramco could stand on its own.

The American families who came will never be forgotten. Their influence had a lasting effect on those who they trained, helped and befriended. However, there were struggles and challenges along the way, which no one could have foreseen.

Discovery! The Search of Arabian Oil, summarizes the blossoming of a lasting business affiliation between King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud and the United States, spanning the depression of the 1930s to the end of World War II

This intriguing, and vividly descriptive story, was compiled and written some fifty years ago. Page by page you are transported back through the passing of history.

Armchair Interviews says: The experiences in this book will definitely give you with a new perspective!
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...of this book written by Philip L. Fradkin in the San Francisco Chronicle lead me to Stegner's work. Fradkin's article was not actually about the CONTENT of the book so much as the circumstances surrounding its commissioning and publication. The conclusion is stated in his review's title: that the work should have stayed "hidden", that is, not published at all, and that would have been a real tragedy.

The circumstances surrounding the work's publications are covered quite well by Thomas W. Lippman in a Foreword to the work. It is clear that Stegner was paid by the corporate predecessor to ARAMCO to write an account of the first days of oil exploration in the Kingdom. It is also clear that certain "politically sensitive" portions of his work were revised or deleted, and that his consent to this process was obtained. Like many others, I would love to have read the unexpurgated version, but the only choice is the one available, with some "punches pulled," some "sensitivities" glossed over. Ah, if there were only similar type Forewords that explained the background and biases of the numerous "Saudi-bashing" books that have been published.

In reading this book I could not help think of Edgar Snow's "A Journey to the Beginning." Snow was fresh out of journalism school, went to China for a short period, but stayed over 13 years, and in the process met, and later portrayed the creators of modern China, Mao Tse-Tung and Chou En Lai. Snow's work remains essential if one is to understand one of the most important countries in the world today. Stegner's circumstances were considerably different than Snow's, but he too had unique access, and produced a portrait of some of the characters who "were attendants at the birth of a world." (page 151). There are the delightful descriptive nuggets of a great writer, such as "...he saw all the stigmata of great hurry, great expansion, the pipeline heading our for Ras Tanura..." Stegner's assessments and conclusions concerning one of the more contentious relationships in the world today, between the United States and the very heartland of oil and Islam, Saudi Arabia is worthy of reflection and consideration: "... which is the one consistently disseminated by hostile propagandists, reflects one aspect of the emergent unrest that has turned much of the Arab world away from the United States. It must be challenged, for unwilling as a democracy may be to take its own side in an argument, and meekly as it may believe the worst interpretations of its own motives, American oil development in the Middle East has been, all things considered, responsible and fair." (Introduction xxv)

I read Stegner's work immediately after having read the "flip side" of these momentous events, one Saudi's account of the creation of ARAMCO, AbdelRahman Munif's "Cities of Salt." Both works are essential for understanding one of the most important relationships in the world today - and it would be a real tragedy if either were suppressed, as Fradkin advocates in the case of "Discovery!" Suppressing books should be something that "other countries do," not the United States.

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