Thicker Than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia

@inproceedings{Bronson2006ThickerTO,
  title={Thicker Than Oil: America's Uneasy Partnership with Saudi Arabia},
  author={Rachel Bronson},
  year={2006}
}
For fifty-five years, the United States and Saudi Arabia were solid partners. Then came the 9/11 attacks, which sorely tested that relationship. In Thicker than Oil, Rachel Bronson reveals why the partnership became so intimate and how the countries' shared interests sowed the seeds of today's most pressing problem-Islamic radicalism. Drawing on a wide range of archival material, declassified documents, and interviews with leading Saudi and American officials, and including many colourful… 

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