America's Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier by Robert Vitalis

By Robert Vitalis

Now newly up-to-date, America’s Kingdom debunks the numerous myths that now encompass the United States’s certain courting with Saudi Arabia, often referred to as “the deal”: oil for defense. Exploding the usual delusion that the Arabian American Oil corporation, Aramco, made miracles ensue within the barren region, Robert Vitalis exhibits how oil led the united states executive to stick with the corporate to the dominion, and the way oil and Aramco quick grew to become America’s greatest unmarried in a foreign country inner most company. From the institution within the Thirties of a Jim Crow procedure within the Dhahran oil camps, to the consolidation of America’s country below the home of Fahd, the royal faction that also ideas this day, it is a meticulously researched account of Aramco as a microcosm of the colonial order.

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The full panoply of TIm Crow institutions, from segregated housing and differential access to services to the degradation and humiliation of white supremacist thought, worked to but· tress the labor-control regime. S. :ilI Owners would begin to offer benefits and build housing, churches, and:recreation facilities for some, ideally smaIl segment of employees as a means to secure loyalty and thus stabil· ity. Thus, even while racism's ethics governed the hierarchical distribution of these benefits.

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