The Kingdom

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982 - History - 630 pages
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Examines the history, society, politics, and oil-based economics of Saudi Arabia and its role and influence in today's world and portrays the members of the ruling family

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Review: The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Sa'ud

User Review  - Elroy Jetson - Goodreads

Incredible account of the rise of Saudi Arabia and a very revealing look at the Kingdom that might dispel the biases of most westerners. The parting two or three pages is probably the best ending I ... Read full review

Review: The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Sa'ud

User Review  - Aaron Shields - Goodreads

If you care to learn about the rise of Saudi Arabia and the House of Saud, this is as great starting point. Written in 1981, this might be better than Lacey's more recent piece on the Kingdom. Even ... Read full review



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Robert Lacey was born in Guilford, Surrey, England on January 3, 1944. He earned a B.A. in 1967, a diploma of education in 1967, and an M.A. in 1970, all from Selwyn College, Cambridge. Lacey began his writing career as a journalist, working for the Illustrated London News and later the Sunday Times magazine. While working for the latter, he also began writing biographies; his books about Robert, Earl of Essex and Sir Walter Raleigh led to a commission to write a history of Queen Elizabeth's reign, to be published during her silver jubilee. Majesty: Elizabeth II and the House of Windsor became an international bestseller, and established Lacey's reputation as a biographer who treated his subjects accurately and fairly. Lacey is a thorough researcher who has often gone to great lengths to immerse himself in the background of the people he writes about. He moved to the Middle East and even learned Arabic while doing research for The Kingdom, a biography of Saudi Arabia's first ruler, Abdul Aziz Sa'ud. And when writing Ford: The Man and the Machine, about Henry Ford, he relocated to Michigan and worked for a time on the assembly line in an auto plant. He is also the author of Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life, The Queen of the North Atlantic, The Life and Times of Henry the VIII, God Bless Her!, and Princess, a pictorial biography of Diana, Princess of Wales. Robert Lacey married Alexandre Avrach, a graphic designer, in 1971. They have three children, Sasha, Scarlett, and Bruno.

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