Today On: Sept 23, 1933

On March 4, 1938, the first commercial oil well is struck.

By 1939 it began to export oil and is on its way to becoming a Petro State that will impact the next 80 years and into the present.

Listen and learn from the authors who will discuss their books.

  A look at the history of Saudi Arabia through its impact on the United States. 

  • Kings and Presidents by Bruce Riedel
  • Oil Powers by Victor McFarland

The impact that Saudi Arabia has had on its neighbors in the middle east.

  • Black Wave by Kim Ghattas

The current leader of Saudi Arabia, his rise to power, and possible future implications his leadership might have.

  • Blood and Oil by Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck
  • MBS by Ben Hubbard
Book Cover of Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States since FDR by Bruce Riedel

Kings and Presidents: Saudi Arabia and the United States since FDR

by Bruce Riedel

Brookings Institution Press,


Book cover for Oil Powers: A History of the US Saudi Alliance by Victor McFarland

Oil Powers: A History of the U.S. Saudi Alliance

by Victor McFarland

Columbia University Press


Book cover of Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman's Ruthless Quest for Global Power by Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck

Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman’s Ruthless Quest for Global Power

by Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck

Hachette Books


Book Cover of MBS by Ben Hubbard

MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed Bin Salman

by Ben Hubbard

Tim Duggan Books


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