Bibliography On The Politics of Middle East Oil

(Revised 6/2009)


Economic Facts About Oil in the Middle East:

1.    U. S. Energy Information Administration, “U.S. Imports by Country of Origin,”

2.    Oil and Gas Journal, printed journal and

      3.    BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2009:


Political Viewpoints: U. S. Policy Insiders:

1.             William Cohen, Report of the Secretary of Defense, Chapter 1, U.S. Defense Strategy, Department of Defense, Washington, D. C., 2000

2.             Zbigniew Brzezinski , Brent Scowcroft, and Richard Murphy, "Differentiated Containment," Foreign Affairs, May/June, 1997

3.             Anthony H. Cordesman, The Gulf and Transition: US Policy Ten Years After the Gulf War, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2000,


Political Viewpoints: Critics of U. S. Policy:        

1.             “Why Did We Invade Iraq Anyway? Putting a Country in Your Tank,” by Michael Schwartz "Missing the Oil Story,"

2.             "A ‘Crusade’ for Exxon-Mobil Oil Empire, " Challenge Newspaper,

3.      Pepe Escobar, “Pipeline-istan: Everything You Need to Know About Oil, Gas, Russia, China, Iran, Afghanistan and Obama,”



Accounts of the Iraq War:

     Thomas Ricks (Washington Post Pentagon Correspondent, Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, Penguin. 2006.

     Thomas Ricks, The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008, Penguin. 2009.


Afghanistan and Central Asia Specifically:

1.             Rashid, Ahmed, Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan Afghanistan, and Central Asia, New York, Viking, 2008

2.              Ahmed Rashid, Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil & Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Yale University Press, 2001.

3.             George Monbiot, “America's Pipe Dream: The war against terrorism is also a struggle for oil and regional control, Guardian Newspaper, Oct. 23, 2001,


History of Oil and U. S. Policy:

     1.          Michael Klare, Resource Wars, New York, 2001

     2.          Michael Klare, Blood and Oil, New York, 2004.

     3.         D. Yergin, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power, Touchstone Books, New York, 1992.