Inside the Kingdom by Robert Lacey
Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia

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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.

About Robert Lacey

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Robert Lacey is the author of numerous books, including Majesty, The Year 1000, and the New York Times bestseller The Kingdom. An acclaimed royal expert, Lacey's Golden Jubilee study of Queen Elizabeth, Royal, provided the basis for Peter Morgan's Oscar-winning movie, The Queen. He lives in London.
Published August 29, 2009 by Penguin Books. 404 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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A lucid exploration of profound divisions in Saudi society, many of which are of immediate concern to the West.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Cl...

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The sheikh was delighted too and invited the prince round for tea .

Nov 20 2009 | Read Full Review of Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Cl...

What emerges is a portrait of a distinctively Saudi political culture coping with the challenge of finding a way to change in a distinctively Saudi manner.

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