The Saudis

The Saudis

Inside the Desert Kingdom

Book - 2002
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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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2002
ISBN: 9780393324174
Branch Call Number: 953.8 M199s 2002
Characteristics: xvi, 446 p. : maps ; 21 cm


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Apr 09, 2017

A fascinating book on the effect the discovery of oil had on the country in terms of the challenges it presented to the ruling House of Saud, as it went from a poor desert kingdom in 1938 to a desert kingdom swimming in money. The book is easy to read and even at 400 pages, kept my interest right through. The author has an excellent writing style.


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