On Saudi Arabia by Karen Elliott House #BookReview

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Welcome back… to my blog 🙂 I know it’s been a while and I kinda feel bad, but I set this blog up so that I could enjoy it, so that’s what I’m doing. Also, this is the 100th blog post in almost a year of blogging; awesome or what? But let’s get to business. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has spent the last thirty years writing about Saudi Arabia—as diplomatic correspondent, foreign editor, and then publisher of The Wall Street Journal—an important and timely book that explores all facets of life in this shrouded Kingdom: its tribal past, …

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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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