Rachel Bronson Thicker Than Oil America’s Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia Council of Foreign Relations, Oxford: Oxford University Press, hardback, 353pp, ISBN-13: 978-0-19-516743
Thicker than Oil investigates the U.S-Saudi relationship after this relationship became controversial in the aftermath of 9/11. It scrutinises the decision making process on both sides, by necessity an account of the policies of kings, presidents, senior cabinet officials, royal confidants and chief intelligence officers (pp. 11). Bronson situates her narrative in between two poles: Saudi bashing in America and anti-Americanism in Saudi Arabia. For fifty years, the partnership rested on shared interests, held responsible for sowing current radicalism in the Muslim world. Yet because it was an uneasy partnership, the relation had to be conducted behind closed doors for over half a century.
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