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 - 464 pages
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Twilight in the Desert reveals a Saudi oil and production industry that could soon approach a serious, irreversible decline. In this exhaustively researched book, veteran oil industry analyst Matthew Simmons draws on his three-plus decades of insider experience and more than 200 independently produced reports about Saudi petroleum resources and production operations. He uncovers a story about Saudi Arabia’s troubled oil industry, not to mention its political and societal instability, which differs sharply from the globally accepted Saudi version. It’s a story that is provocative and disturbing, based on undeniable facts, but until now never told in its entirety. Twilight in the Desert answers all readers’ questions about Saudi oil and production industries with keen examination instead of unsubstantiated posturing, and takes its place as one of the most important books of this still-young century.
 

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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Since this book is from 2005, it is clearly outdated in some aspects.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  - bkinetic - LibraryThing

Well researched overview of Saudi Arabian oil reserves. Simmons' conclusions perhaps depend too much on inferences, but because state secrets are involved, he had, and we have, no alternative. The appendix could have stood alone as a book. 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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About the author (2006)

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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