Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Oct 15, 2009 - History - 448 pages
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"It's all here-Islam, the family tree, a sea of oil and money to match, palace intrigue...This is high drama and an epic tale."
-Tom Brokaw


Though Saudi Arabia sits on one of the richest oil deposits in the world, it also produced fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers. In this immensely important book, journalist Robert Lacey draws on years of access to every circle of Saudi society giving readers the fullest portrait yet of a land straddling the worlds of medievalism and modernity. Moving from the bloody seizure of Mecca's Grand Mosque in 1979, through the Persian Gulf War, to the delicate U.S.-Saudi relations in a post 9/11 world, Inside the Kingdom brings recent history to vivid life and offers a powerful story of a country learning how not to be at war with itself.


  

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User Review  - engelcox - LibraryThing

My wife and I are about to begin an assignment in Saudi Arabia that will have us living there for months or possibly years, thus my need to quickly increase my knowledge about the Kingdom and its ... Read full review

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User Review  - Johnny D - Goodreads

I was watching the trailer for the excellent Saudi film Wadjda (the first feature-length Saudi film — directed by a woman!), when I made the mistake of reading some of the comments. I know, I know ... Read full review

Contents

WHAT GOD REVEALED TO MOHAMMED
THE FIRST WAHHABI
ABDUL AZIZ AND THE BROTHERS
WHY THE SHIA ARE DIFFERENT
THE BUILDER
ABDUL AZIZ AND THE SON OF THE TIGER
IN SEARCH OF THE ORYX
MODERN SAUDI HISTORY IN FIVE EASY LESSONS
The Dove and the East Wind
Vacationing Jihadi
Desert Storm
Battle for AlKhafji
Awakening
Stopping the Sins
In from the Cold
Change of Heart

THE DONKEY FROM YEMEN
FRUIT OF RECONCILIATION
ZIONIST CONNECTION
THE IMAM AND THE DATE FARMER
FINDING THE RIGHT PATH
Welcome to the Kingdom
The Brothers
Siege
No Sunni No Shia
Vox populi Vox Dei
Salafi Soccer
Jihad in Afghanistan
Special Relationship
Dawn Visitors
Into Exile
Enter the Crown Prince
The Students
Infinite Reach
New Century
Fifteen Flying Saudis
Fire
Prodigal Sons
King Abdullah
Girls of Saudi
Illegitimate Occupation
End of the Affair
Condition of the People
Epilogue
Picture research by Suzanne Hodgart
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Robert Lacey is a British journalist and the author of the bestselling books The Kingdom, Majesty, and Ford: The Men and the Machine. For the past three years he has split his time between Saudi Arabia and London to research this book.

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