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By Robert Vitalis

America's Kingdom debunks the various myths that now encompass the United States's "special dating" with Saudi Arabia, or what's much less reverently referred to as "the deal": oil for safeguard. Taking objective on the long-held trust that the Arabian American Oil corporation, ARAMCO, made miracles ensue within the desolate tract, Robert Vitalis indicates that not anything can be farther from the reality. what's actual is that oil led the U.S. govt to stick with the corporate to the dominion. Eisenhower agreed to coach Ibn Sa'ud's military, Kennedy despatched jets to guard the dominion, and Lyndon Johnson offered it missiles. Oil and ARAMCO speedy turned America's biggest unmarried in another country inner most enterprise.

Beginning with the institution of a Jim Crow process within the Dhahran oil camps within the Thirties, the ebook is going directly to study the interval of unrest within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties while employees challenged the racial hierarchy of the ARAMCO camps whereas a small cadre of revolutionary Saudis challenged the hierarchy of the overseas oil marketplace. The defeat of those teams ended in the consolidation of America's nation below the home of Fahd, the royal faction that also ideas today.

This is a gripping tale that covers greater than seventy years, 3 continents, and an engrossing solid of characters. educated by way of first hand money owed from ARAMCO staff and most sensible U.S. govt officers, this ebook deals the genuine tale of the occasions at the Saudi oil fields. After America's Kingdom, mythmakers should paintings more durable on their stories approximately ARAMCO being magical, honorable, selfless, and enlightened.

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