Inside the Kingdom (Paperback)
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Inside the Kingdom (Paperback)

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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 Muhammed 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 journalist and bestselling author Robert Lacey has given us one of the most penetrating and insightful looks at Saudi Arabia ever produced. More than twenty years after he first moved to the country to write about the Saudis at the end of the oil boom, Lacey has returned to find out how the consequences of the boom produced a society at war with itself. Filled with stories told by a broad range of Saudis, from high princes and ambassadors to men and women on the street, Inside the Kingdom is in many ways the story of the Saudis in their own words.

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780099539056
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 333 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm

"Beautifully written and thought-provoking ... Robert Lacey has written a highly accomplished book which should go into the bags of anyone who has to travel to the kingdom" * Literary Review *
"Compelling ... [I] know of no book that captures so convincingly the intimate connection between the kingdom and the rise of al-Qaeda and its jihadist ideology...What distinguishes Mr Lacey's account is his use of Saudi voices - many of them, even in this most reticent of cultures, on the record - to anatomise a deeply rooted culture of intolerance" * Economist *
"Incisive ... The real triumph of this book ... is the way it peels away the layers of mystery that shroud a civil society of which we have almost no knowledge" * Sunday Times *

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“Informative and Brilliant”

A brilliant and concise history of Saudi Arabia. If you want to understand what makes this influencial Middle Eastern country tick them this is definately the book for you. Very readable, very informative, I highly... More

Paperback edition
21st August 2010
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This book gives an interesting, detailed view of the history of Saudi Arabia - how the kingdom was formed, how it became an Islamist Wahabbi state, what life is like inside the Kingdom. It is so well written and... More

Paperback edition
19th April 2011
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