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Reviews of Discovery!: The Search for Arabian Oil

Pulitzer Prize-winner Stegner (1909-1993) makes a fabulous tale out of what could have been a sterile (or sycophantic) history of the early years of Middle Eastern oil drilling, replete with Texas wildcatters, British nobility, Bedouin raiders and Saudi princes. Published for the first time in the U.S., this account should prove fascinating for historians, industry insiders and anyone who wants a closer look at the source of their last fill-up. - Publishers Weekly

"Tells how Americans helped the Arabs find the natural resource buried under their deserts that would make them a major player in the world economy. If you want to know how we got into this mess, Stegner will tell you."  Library Journal


"A riveting picture of the desert kingdom before it was transformed by oil wealth."  —Washington Post



"A grand adventure story."  Los Angeles Times


"A classic. A great American writer on the birth of Saudi Arabia's oil industry midst global crises—and the collaboration across cultures that made it possible."  —Daniel Yergin, Pultizer Prize-winning author, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power


"This is a fascinating and timely rediscovery. Wallace Stegner was the finest American writer to wander through early Saudi Arabia. His voice is all here—sharp, clear, and entertaining."  —Steve Coll, Pulitzer Prize–winning author, Ghost Wars


"For serious Stegner fans who want more of the master."  Seattle Times



"I was there in 1938 and lived part of this story, so I can vouch for the authenticity of Stegner's engaging and insightful narrative."  —Nestor Sander, author, Ibn Saud: King by Conquest


"[Stegner] anticipates the 'New Journalism' of Truman Capote and Tom Wolfe by a decade, unabashedly entering the minds of the people he writes about."  —San Jose Mercury News