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World of Islam

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An oil derrick engulfed in flames, silhouettes three men attempting to shield themselves from the inferno.

"When [Aramco boss James] MacPherson learned I had missed the shot for my story . . . he told drillers: 'Do it again!' It cost Aramco about $100,000 to destroy Abqaiq 44, a new well. [Saudi Arabia, 1948.]" Yankee Nomad, p. 265.