How the U.S., Iran, & Saudi Arabia Changed the Balance of Power in the Middle East / Andrew Scott Cooper

The Oil Kings offers the first inside look at how an oil crisis was manipulated by Alan Greenspan, Donald Rumsfeld, and (hoping to ensure his reelection) President Ford, a scheme that helped precipitate the fall of the Shah of Iran in 1979. Intrepid investigative reporter Andrew Scott Cooper reveals the fatal struggle between the powerful « oil kings », Middle Eastern and American, as they jockeyed for position in a game that led directly to the rise of Iran’s radical anti-American theocracy.

One of the first to access newly declassified papers, Cooper has interviewed the key people who formulated US foreign policy at the time. Carefully connecting up the dots, he brilliantly reconstructs the history of that vexed decade when the modern world was changed forever.

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