The Oil Kings - How the U.s., Iran, and Saudi Arabia Changed the Balance of Power in the Middle East-logo

The Oil Kings - How the U.s., Iran, and Saudi Arabia Changed the Balance of Power in the Middle East

Andrew Scott Cooper

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The news-making story of the backroom deals behind America's decision to switch allegiance from Iran to Saudi Arabia as the dominant oil supplier in the Middle East-and how this action helped to create the conditions for the Islamic revolution in Iran. Pivotal moment in U.S. history: In the wake of the 1973 Arab-Israeli conflict, Arab countries discovered the power of oil. Skyrocketing prices and fuel shortages rocked the U.S. economy, driving up inflation and sinking the stock market. President Nixon was preoccupied with Watergate so Henry Kissinger stepped into the breach, cutting deals with the Shah of Iran: the U.S. got oil; the Shah got advanced weapons. But as Nixon's successor, Gerald Ford, struggled with stagflation, the price of oil became critical. The Shah refused to hold down prices. Desperate to win election and listening more to Treasury Secretary William Simon than to Kissinger, President Ford cut a deal with Saudi Arabia: advanced weapons in exchange for price relief on oil. The switch in allegiance left the Shah with a multi-billion-dollar hole in his budget, so he began draconian economic cutbacks, creating a huge unemployment problem in Iran. These actions helped to cause his downfall, and the Islamic revolution ensued, the repercussions of which are still being felt thirty years later. Revelatory reportage: No other history of the period or of the oil industry includes the startling revelations in The Oil Kings . Cooper draws on recently declassified documents, new interviews with key figures, and the diary of a top aide of the Shah to show how Nixon, Ford, Kissinger, the CIA, and the State, Defense, and Treasury departments-as well as the Shah and the Saudi royal family-all maneuvered to try to control events in the Middle East. Now, for the first time, the full story of what lay behind these momentous, world-changing decisions can be told.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Rob Shapiro

Length:

19h 51m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:14


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:09


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:17


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:21


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:19


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:58


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:21


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:45


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:52


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:46


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:25


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:00


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:23


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:28


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:55


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:23


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:25


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:40


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:25


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:33


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:18


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:03


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:12


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:43


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:41


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:35


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:54


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:34


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:10


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:57


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:59


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:34


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:43


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:06


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:57


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:35


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:53


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:00


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:41


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:10


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:34


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:46


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:49


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:58


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:45


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:25


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:21


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:17


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:33


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:24


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:06


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:39


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:42


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:09


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:02


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:40


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:30


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:15


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:15


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:05


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:10


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:27


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:33


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:41


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:09


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:56


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:36


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:24


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:55


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:42


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:05


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:34


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:00


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:52


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:30


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:11


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:11


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:13


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:46


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:15


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:16


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:57


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:42


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:08


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:35


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:42


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:07


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:24


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:41


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:41


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:14


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:58


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:56


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:19


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:06


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:16


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:33


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:14


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:56


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:52


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:44


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:58


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:02


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

06:10


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:50


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:17


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:12


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

06:02


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

06:30


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

08:09


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

07:15


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:45


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

05:22


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:12


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:23


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:51


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:30


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:50


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:48


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

05:56


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:29


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

07:49


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:03


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:03


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

06:59


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

02:01


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:29


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

07:23


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

08:03


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:35


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

06:00


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

01:37


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

02:56


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:15


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

06:30


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:51


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:27


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

05:33


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

05:33


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

05:21


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

06:33


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

07:20


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

07:58


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:53


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

04:26


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

07:02


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

07:26


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

07:53


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

08:58


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

08:19


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

05:42


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

06:33


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

03:44


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

03:17


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

04:48


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

07:50


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

07:18


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

06:41


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

06:14


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

06:21


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

04:35


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

05:09


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

04:34


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

07:02


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

08:10


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

06:46


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

05:11


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

07:01


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

06:44


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

05:39


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

06:43


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

04:00


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

04:52


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

06:04


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

06:24


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

00:37