Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 5, 2006 - Business & Economics - 428 pages
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User Review  - deblemrc - LibraryThing

Since this book is from 2005, it is clearly outdated in some aspects. But still gives a great picture of how oil is produced, and of the history and particulariies of the Saudi oilproduction. Read full review

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User Review  - James O'donoghue - Goodreads

Love it. Matt Simmons is a peak oil poster boy but he's got tons of data and geological gibberish to back his claims. Much of the book casts doubt on Saudi's stated reserves and gives plenty of cause for grave concern. Read full review

Contents

FROM BEDOUIN TO BOURGEOISIE
1
The Birth of a Nation
5
The History of Major Saudi Arabian Oil Discoveries
23
Saudi Arabias Road to Oil Market Dominance
43
The Veil of Secrecy over Saudi Oil Reserves and Production
69
THE EBBING OF THE SAUDI OIL BOUNTY
99
Saudi Aramco
101
Oil Is Not Just Another Commodity
129
TWILIGHT IN THE DESERT
261
Saudi Oil Reserves Claims in Doubt
265
Facing the Inevitable
281
Reading Between the Lines of the Latest News from Aramco
309
Aramco Invokes Fuzzy Logic to Manage the Future of Saudi Oil
325
In Search of Crisper Truths among the Confident Saudi Claims
333
Aftermath
341
Methodology
355

GIANTS AT THE TIPPING POINT
149
Ghawar the King of Oilfields
151
The SecondTier Oilfields
181
The Best of the Rest
199
Coming Up Empty in New Exploration
231
Turning to Natural Gas
245
Supporting Technical Data
365
The 1974 and 1979 Senate Hearings
377
Notes
385
Bibliography
391
Index
409
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MATTHEW R. SIMMONS is Chairman of Simmons & Company International, a Houston-based investment bank that specializes in the energy industry. He now focuses on research, writing, and speaking engagements. Last year, he gave seventy-five speeches to a variety of groups, including energy industry conferences, university symposiums, and think tanks. Mr. Simmons is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a board member of Resources for the Future, and a Trustee of The Atlantic Council of the United States. He has an MBA from Harvard University.

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