Beyond Petroleum

The U.S.-Saudi relationship is based on more than just oil—it hinges directly on common core interests.

Issue: Jan-Feb 2007

Rachel Bronson, Thicker than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006), 384 pp., $28.00.

Rachel Bronson's new book, Thicker than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia, is a gem. Along with George Packer's Assassins' Gate, it is one of the more informative and path-breaking books on the region of the last three or four years. It is a solid and readable history, and a compelling analysis, done at just the right level of detail (about 350 pages) and with just the right balance between policy pragmatism and idealism.

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