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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Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia

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Lacey's (Monarch: The Life and Reign of Elizabeth II) second study of Saudi Arabia acts as an antecedent to his portrait of the Saudi dynasty in The Kingdom. Here, he examines the tension between ... Read full review

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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


Stopping the Sins
In from the Cold
Change of Heart
Enter the Crown Prince
The Students
Infinite Reach
New Century

Jihad in Afghanistan
Special Relationship
Dawn Visitors
Stars in the Heavens
Into Exile
The Dove and the East Wind
Vacationing Jihadi
Desert Storm
Battle for AlKhafji
AlQaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
King Abdullah
Illegitimate Occupation
Condition of the People

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Robert Lacey is a British historian known for his original research and his close investigation of his subjects. He is the author of several international bestsellers, including The Kingdom, Great Tales from English History, and Monarch, which was the basis for Peter Morgan's Oscar-winning movie, The Queen. He lives in London.

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