The Struggle for Power, Influence and Oil
in South-eastern Arabia
by Michael Quentin Morton
Hardback: 304 pages, 26 b+w photographs, maps
A ground breaking new history of a little-known but dangerous stand-off
in the Middle East.
Buraimi is an oasis in south-eastern Arabia. In the early 20th century it shot to notoriety
as oil brought the world’s attention to this corner of the Arabian Peninsula. In this exciting account of the conflict,
Michael Quentin Morton tells the story of how the overwhelming power of oil and the conflicting interests of the declining
British Empire and the United States all came to a head, shaping the future of the Gulf States.
additions from first-hand accounts, Morton brings a range of historical figures to life, from the American oilmen arriving
in steamy Jeddah in the 1930s, to the rival sheikhs of the oasis competing for power, wealth and allegiances, as well as the
great players in world politics: Churchill, Truman and lbn Saud. This entertaining, yet thoroughly researched, book is both
a story of decisive conflict in the history of Middle East politics and also of the great changes that the discovery of oil
brought to this land.
Buraimi: the Struggle for Power, Influence and Oil in Arabia is
being published by I.B. Tauris on 30 August 2013.