SAUDI ARABIA: Trouble for Aramco

Nothing was too good for old Ibn Saud, monarch of Saudi Arabia. Did he want a railroad? The Arabian American Oil Co. began a standard-gauge, 350-mile Arabian railroad, though convinced that highways would be more practical. Did he consider eight seats on the regular U.S.-bound T.W.A. plane too few to set aside for one of his 30-odd sons? A special plane was wheeled up. Aramco tried its best to anticipate Ibn Saud's every wish, from arranging lend-lease for Saudi Arabia and a cowboy outfit for one of the young princes to furnishing limousines, sweet water and gleaming refrigerators....

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