Secrets of the Kingdom: The Inside Story of the Saudi-U.S. Connection

Front Cover
Random House, 2005 - Political Science - 254 pages
2 Reviews
In its final report, the 9/11 Commission famously called the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia "a problematic ally in combating Islamic extremism." To Gerald Posner, the bestselling author of "Why America Slept: The Failure to Prevent 9/11," this is a gross understatement. In his new book, Secrets of the Kingdom, Posner exposes the undeniable truth about U.S.-Saudi relations-and how the Saudis' influence on American business and politics poses a grave threat to our security.
The result of an intensive two-year investigation, Secrets of the Kingdom penetrates the innermost layers of the shielded House of Saud and presents indisputable evidence of complicity and deceit at the highest levels-evidence that the 9/11 Commission, either deliberately or negligently, failed to consider. Using bank records and other previously undisclosed information, Posner unearths many disturbing truths and shattering revelations about the ties that bind the Saudi and U.S. governments, including
- how countless failures in U.S. intelligence and law enforcement gave extraordinary preferential treatment to prominent Saudis living in the United States, including members of the bin Laden family, in the days after 9/11
- a likely close connection between a powerful member of the House of Saud and Abu Zubeydah, the highest-ranking al-Qaeda operative captured so far by the United States

- how the Saudi government has turned a blind eye to the role Saudi charities-including many controlled or supported by Kingdom officials- have played in bankrolling al-Qaeda and Islamic terror groups
- the never-before-revealed Saudi and U.S. emergency plans in the event of a national crisis in the Kingdom, plans that couldaffect the security of the United States and the entire Middle East
Secrets of the Kingdom is an explosive study that will have a profound impact on both U.S. policy and Americans' perception of their government and its extensive ties to a foreign power. Posner uncovers a disturbing picture of how two nations, despite their differing agendas, have become inextricably entwined.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Secrets of the Kingdom: The Inside Story of the Saudi-US Connection

User Review  - Goodreads

Remember the Beverly Hillbillies? Saudi is sort of like that. They happened to sit on a massive oilfield, struck it rich, but weren't completely able to shed their roots. The West was represented by ... Read full review

Review: Secrets of the Kingdom: The Inside Story of the Saudi-US Connection

User Review  - Goodreads

Very unique topic. How the Saudi's have greatly influenced US policy, and demonstrates some of their very wealthy citizens are surreptitiously funding terrorist groups. Not a bunch of nice people at all. Good reasons to increase US oil production so we can get away from their corruption. Read full review


A Free Pass for the Saudis
A Tribe Called Saud
Legacy of Extremism

16 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2005)

Gerald Posner received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975 and a law degree from Hastings Law School in 1978. He was one of the youngest attorneys ever hired by the Wall Street law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore. He co-founded the New York law firm Posner and Ferrara. He is the author of more than ten books including Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK, and God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican.

Bibliographic information