Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, And The Struggle For Saudi Arabia
On Sale: October 15, 2009
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What happened in the Middle East's oil-rich powerhouse-
while we weren't looking
Saudi Arabia is a country defined by paradox. It is a modern
state driven by contemporary technology and possessed of
vast oil deposits, yet its powerful religious establishment
would have its customs and practices rolled back a thousand
years to match those of the prophet Muhammad. With Inside
the Kingdom, journalist and bestselling author Robert Lacey
has given us one of the most penetrating and insightful
looks at Saudi Arabia ever produced. While living for years
among the nation's princes and paupers, its clerics and
progressives, Lacey endeavored to find out how the
consequences of the 1970s oil boom produced a society at war
Filled with stories that trace a path through the Persian
Gulf War and the events of 9/11 to the oil market
convulsions of today, Inside the Kingdom gives us a modern
history of the Saudis in their own words, revealing a people
attempting to reconcile life under religious law with the
demands of a rapidly changing world. Their struggle will
have powerful reverberations around the globe, and this rich
work provides a penetrating look at a country no one can
afford to ignore.
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