The Kingdom by Robert Lacey #BookReview

the kingdom. arabia and the house of sa'ud

The Kingdom is also the story of the House of Sa’ud, a dynasty that has fought its way from poverty and obscurity to wealth and power. A family characterised by fierce loyalty among its members, ruthlessness towards its enemies, and dedication to one of the world’s most severe and demanding creeds. In the updated version of his book that Robert Lacey is currently preparing, he examines the challenges facing the world’s wealthiest royal family. What are its chances of survival in the 21st century? The Kingdom by Robert Lacey is the prequel of Inside the Kingdom, that I recently reviewed. …

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Inside the Kingdom by Robert Lacey #BookReview

Inside the Kingdom by Robert Lacey

Saudi Arabia is a country defined by paradox: it sits atop some of the richest oil deposits in the world, and yet the country’s roiling disaffection produced sixteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers. It is a modern state, driven by contemporary technology, and yet its powerful religious establishment would have its customs and practices rolled back to match those of the Prophet Muhammad over a thousand years ago. In a world where events in the Middle East continue to have geopolitical consequences far beyond the region’s boundaries, an understanding of this complex nation is essential. With Inside the Kingdom, British …

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The Other Mrs Walker #review

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A debut novel from Mary Paulson-Ellis, The Other Mrs Walker starts at the beginning of the cold New Year with a death. The book depicts the life of a family that has a complicated relationship. We go along with Margaret looking for clues and trying to understand what happened with Mrs Walker. As she uncovers the past, we re-live it in the flashback chapters and see the bigger picture Margaret doesn’t.   Affected by a cold relationship, in a cold Edinburgh, Margaret tries to escape her own history. But of course, she ends up deep in that history. Without knowing …

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The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan

A New History of the World

A New History of the World A very interesting and captivating history book by Peter Frankopan. Indeed it is a new history of the world as it tries to look at the events from another perspective. As most of the western world focuses on the development of the West, this book turns back to the place where it all began.  Objective and, I believe easy to understand, without losing historical accuracy. I found it very enlightening bringing into focus events from a perspective I might not have thought of. I made sense of the games and strategies that some events …

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Homo Deus by Yuval Harari Book Review

Homo Deus

History of Tomorrow After reading Sapiens by Yuval Harari I had to get my hands on his next book. This book is Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow out at the end of last year. The book is a continuation of Sapiens and you get a short preview of the ideas in the last pages of Sapiens. As the title states, it has to do with Humans and Gods. Humans becoming Gods. And with the future, or the future humans will choose. Humans becoming Gods refers to how we have given ourselves powers our predecessors 100 years ago could …

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Sapiens by Yuval Harari Book Review

Sapiens Book Cover

A permanent revolution Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari is an interesting history book. A book that I came across some weeks ago. It’s a historic view of the humankind and how we, as species came to be as we are today. I found it to be a very interesting subject written in a very open-minded and clear way that lets you think. It presents various historical points of view and lets you decide which is the most likely reason something happened. Presenting the different standpoints other historical theories have allows for an objective view on …

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