British Petroleum and The Redline Agreement

The West's Secret Pact to Get Mideast Oil

How did the West get Middle East Oil? This tense chronicle of the international deceit and strong-arm tactics of men, oil companies, and governments is laid out in a revealing minute-to-minute drama. Massive research supports this unforgettable revelation by master of corporate investigation Edwin Black. In its pages, Black publishes the previously unseen and secretive Redline Agreement that parceled out Mideast oil.

The author had unprecedented access to corporate oil archives, and dogged excavation of hidden fact. The book’s research was lauded in the Washington Post as “impressive” and “meticulous”; in Middle East Quarterly as “a gripping story”; and in the Miami Herald as “powerful, evocative, and taut.” The Montreal Gazette praised the book as “fascinating history” and for being responsible for changing the conversation about oil.