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Out in the Blue, by Tom Barger

Out in the Blue: Letters from Arabia 1937-1940 by Thomas C. Barger

6" by 9", Cloth-bound
ISBN: 0-9701157-3-3
Release date: September 2000
Selwa Press
Price: US $34.95 (CAN $35.95)
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Out in the Blue: Letters from Arabia 1937-1940

In 1937, Tom Barger left North Dakota and Kathleen, his young bride of two weeks, to seek his fortune as a junior geologist in a remote desert country. Out in the Blue is the story of the people he met and the places he explored in Saudi Arabia - before there was oil.

Based on the letters he sent to Kathleen during his first three years in the Kingdom, this book is a fascinating portrait of life in early Arabia as well as a glimpse into the mind and heart of a man who retired thirty-two years later as the President and CEO of Aramco - the largest independent oil producing company in the world.


"Despite extensive coverage of the Gulf War, few Americans know how the United States came to depend on the Middle East for oil. In Out in the Blue, Thomas Barger provides a fascinating glimpse of that history. ... It is an exciting narrative of desert exploration and romance set against the emerging threat of a world war."

–Brenda Daly, North Dakota Quarterly, Winter 2002