The Saudis: Inside the Desert Kingdom

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2002 - History - 446 pages
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Sandra Mackey lived in Saudi Arabia for four years, and as far as the authorities knew, she was simply the wife of an American doctor. But she saw things and traveled to places rarely viewed by any outsider, let alone a Western woman, and she succeeded in smuggling out a series of crucial articles on Saudi culture and politics. The Saudis offers a fascinating portrait of Saudi life, chronicling Mackey's extraordinary travels and experiences and depicting Saudi Arabia's strange metamorphosis from backward desert kingdom to world power. Mackey reveals the chaos of a country in transformation: grappling with modernity, coming to terms with its own wealth, and battling to maintain an influential stance in an altogether new world. This updated edition provides the essential background to the new Saudi crisis as the mother state of international terrorism.
 

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This is an updated version of a book written in the early 90's by a woman who lived and worked in Saudi Arabia in the 70's and 80's while her husband was some kind of petroleum engineer there. It can ... Read full review

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This was not a good book. Mackey gives a picture of Saudi Arabia completely lacking in nuance and instead awash in her smug sense of Western superiority. For example, she refers to "dwarfish ... Read full review

Contents

The Coming of a Foreigner
3
Living with Islam
83
The Shackles of Sex
122
Mysteries of the Hareem I
143
Putting the Saudis to Work
169
The Royal Tribe
190
There Was No Tomorrow
217
Pride and Denial
243
The Search for Security
292
The World Creeps Closer
316
Stalled Between Seasons
372
Afterword
403
Selected Bibliography
415
Index
421
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About the author (2002)

Sandra Mackey is a veteran journalist who has written many books on the Middle East. She lives in Atlanta.

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