can compare with the oilfields of the Middle East, which has the greatest oil reservoirs in the world. But, having created
immense wealth, oil has not brought universal happiness to the region. The history of oil is not only about the great discoveries,
but also about the transformation of people and societies, about the empires built on oil and the anarchies it has engendered.'
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this website, you can also read about Michael Quentin Morton's other books, including Inthe Heart of the Desert, the biography of his father who was a petroleum geologist in the Middle East; Black Gold and Frank-incense, a book of photographs of southern Arabia between 1947 and 1971; Buraimi, a book about the Buraimi Dispute; The Third River, about the Iraq Petroleum Company; and The Petroleum Gulf, about the discovery and development of offshore oil in the UAE. The author has written a number of
articles about oil exploration and development in the Middle East, UK and USA, all of which can be accessed here.