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The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Sa'ud

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  235 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Fascinating history of the oil-rich Middle East. 16 cassettes.
Paperback, 656 pages
Published December 31st 1983 by Avon Books (first published October 1981)
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فائق منيف
اقتباسات من الكتاب:

روبرت ليسي: الكسل والرياء والضحالة وانعدام الذوق كانت كلها رذائل زاحفة جلبتها الثروة البترولية

روبرت ليسي: يقول البدو: بادر إلى تقبيل عدوك إن لم تستطع قتله

روبرت ليسي: كان القضاء على الإخوان بمثابة علامة على أن عهد التوسع العظيم قد أوشك على الانتهاء

لورد كرو: إن ما نريده ليس جزيرة عربية موحدة بل جزيرة عربية ضعيفة ومجزأة، تنقسم إلى إمارات صغيرة تحت سيادتنا قدر الإمكان

اللورد كرزون: إن الجهود التي بذلتها بريطانيا في الخليج على مدى قرن كامل من الزمن كانت في مجموعها عملا مظفرا با
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Libby
Currently re-reading this book as a nighttime story to my son. He's enjoying it so far.
Ayman
كتاب يؤرخ للتاريخ السعودي من ايام الملك عبد العزيز للملك خالد عليهم رحمة الله كما لم اقرأ من قبل .. كثير من المعلومات التي نسمعها مفرقة موجودة في الكتاب مرتبة تاريخيا ٫اجدني اردد ما ذكره فؤاد الفرحان عن الكتاب الثاني
وجدت في هذا الكتاب، الكثير من المعلومات السياسية والتاريخية المهمة والنادرة عن السعودية، والتي لا أعتقد أنني كنت سأعرف عنها يوماً لولا هذا الكتاب. كثيرة جداً تلك المعلومات والقصص التي وجدتها في ثنايا) )الكتاب وتوقفت عندها مذهولاً أو معجباً أو ضاحكاً أو مصدوماً! الكاتب كان منصفاً بشك
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asma Qadah
أنهيت قراءة كتاب " المملكة " لـ روبرت ليسي والذي ذكره فؤاد الفرحان في إحدى تدويناته.. بداية الكتاب كانت عادية نوعاً ما؛ ربما لأنني كنت متلفهة للمعلومات والأحداث التي كانت تدور في تلك الفترة.. بدأها بنشأة الملك عبد العزيز (التي نعلمها جميعاً) في الصحراء ونزوح عائلته إلى الكويت وحتى تكوين المملكة وتوحيدها..

من الحقائق التي عرفتها:
- أسباب نصرة حكام الكويت آنذاك للملك عبد العزيز
- الوجود البريطاني والحماية العسكرية البريطانية للكويت!
- نشأة الفرقة الدينية أو ما تسمى بـ: هيئة الأمر بالمعروف والنهي عن
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Olivia
If I could be a working cultural anthropologist, I would totally be all about the Arabian bedouin. In this book, Lacey does a fine job of delving into that foreign culture. He starts around 1900 with Abdul Aziz (Ibn Saud) re-taking his tribe's homeland of Riyadh and then building on his conquest to eventually unite all the tribes of Arabia to become what is now known as Saudi Arabia. This book stops with the seizure of the grand mosque in Mecca in 1979, but Lacey has written a follow-up history ...more
Karen
While living in Riyadh my father invited Robert Lacey (author) to our home, while he was researching for this book. Dad provided him with the genealogy of the Saudi royal family - a project he spent many years on. A book initially contracted by the royal family, but later rejected when the author included details considered ignoble by Saudi standards. It details how Saudi Arabia is unified by the great King Saud, and its emergence to modern day. A must read for anyone interested in Middle Easter ...more
Aos
I was born in 1991, and this book is one the greatest tools that made me understand more about my country's history, most of its stories matches the ones I was told by my father and my grandparents.
الخنساء
تحدث ليسي عن شخصية الملك عبد العزيز بكثير من القصص والتفاصيل التاريخية, منها قصة النفي للكويت وبعدها فتح الرياض و القصيم, وحائل, و نشأة الأخوان, و الارطاوية, وعلاقاته بزعماء القبائل, وصراعه مع سعود الكبير, زوج أخته نورة وغيرها من التفاصيل.

أورد تصويرا لشخصيته كإنسان طبيعي من بعض مجالسه, وتفاصيل لقاءاته مع الزعماء, و وصفا لملامحه, وتعبيراته, وحتى أيامه الأخيرة بعد المرض والضعف.

لم يكن شخصية متفتحة كثيرا, مر وقت على الاستفادة من عائدات النفط في عهده, و مع ذلك لم يكن هناك تنمية!

مع كل هذا أنا معجبة به
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Fenixbird SandS
Jan 20, 2008 Fenixbird SandS rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: peace & politics middle east saudia arabia
Recommended to Fenixbird by: Found in local Bookmans's
"...The Arab concensus was that Sadat had sold out the general cause to get back his own land, for though Egypt kept Sinai at Camp David, Israel kept Jerusalem--within 2 years the Knesset was...." Pres Carter hostage crisis...good insights into HISTORY for 200+ Years!! RECENT int'l news of Saudi Arabia was certainly upsetting--laws from a different context based on a different religion...but remember our American justice system (like so many others') is but a revamp of the British legal system.. ...more
Turki Younis
يحمل الكتاب الكثير من الخيوط بداخله فكثير من القصص التي سمعناها متواترة او منقطعة السند تجدها في هذا الكتاب أستسقاها المؤرخ من أفواه الأقربين لعائلة بن سعود او منهم شخصياُ أو من مؤرخين آخرين
كتاب يأخذك في جوله غزو الملك عبدالعزيز للرياض الى عام 1981م أي قبل تولي الملك فهد للحكم فعليا.
أعتبر الكتاب هو المصر الحقيقي للتاريخ آل سعود وبعض التطورات التي حدثت في المملكة المصاحية لثورة النفط والتطور السريع
الكتاب أيضا يفصل كثيرا في شخصيا الملوك: عبدالعزيز، سعود، فيصل، خالد، وحتى فهد لدرجة كبيرة من الدقة ت
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Karl Pfeiffer
This is a fascinating book covering roughly the last 100 years of history on the Arabian peninsula, focused on the house of Sa'ud. The text offers deeper insight into the radical splinters from the larger Islamic community. Published shortly after the Iranian revolution deposed Shah Reza Pahlavi, this is both a wonderful narrative of the life of King Abdul Aziz and his descendants, as well as a book set in its time. Cold War politics are woven extensively throughout the last half of the book as ...more
Brian
Excellent, comprehensive, and dispassionate account of the history of modern Saudi Arabia. The author doesn't seem to be pusing any particular point of view, and he's both critical and sympathetic to the ruling family of Saudi Arabia and the country as a whole. A great primer on Saudi Arabia for anyone with an interest in the region or looking to understand the "behavior" of the country.
Elroy Jetson
Incredible account of the rise of Saudi Arabia and a very revealing look at the Kingdom that might dispel the biases of most westerners. The parting two or three pages is probably the best ending I have read, fantastic way to wrap up such a big story. I would love to see this book updated since it ends in the 1980's.
Jason
A wonderfully informative history of the House of Sa'ud, the long history of the Wahhabi sect and the origins of Islamic Fundamentalism. Provides great insight into why the Middle East is so much more complex than the Pundits and every U.S. administration since FDR present it.
Conner
a "must read" book for anyone hoping to understand Saudi Arabia better and how it cam to be what it is today.
Khalid
A must read for people who are interested in Middle East geopolitics or interested in Saudi Arabia
limber tender
A great start for understanding the dynamics of mideastern politics and culture.
Erik09
Nov 12, 2007 Erik09 rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all
good information about east, love, trial
Britta
This is one of those books I picked up free at the Annual Library book sale. Not something I would have normally been interested in on it's own, but I am very glad I read it and found that it was actually quite fascinating. The Saud family could fit into an episode of Dynasty. Each figurehead full of contradictions and yet noble intent. The building of the Kingdom is like a fairy tale romance coupled with the cruel reality of bloodshed. Definitely worth reading. It made me realize how truly igno ...more
Aaron Shields
If you care to learn about the rise of Saudi Arabia and the House of Saud, this is as great starting point. Written in 1981, this might be better than Lacey's more recent piece on the Kingdom.

Even more interesting to read this with the perspective of how the rise of terrorism in the Middle East in the past 30 years has reshaped the world.

The stuff on the discovery of oil and later formation of OPEC and the 1973 oil embargo was great.
Najd Al-fakeer
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Ahmed Alohali
فرأته بعد كتاب المملكة من الداخل. معلومات وتفاصيل لم أكن اعرفها من فبل.
Harold Walker
Incredibly interesting. Since the book was written in 1981 it offers a pretty even handed account of Saudi Arabia's fascinating history, devoid of the anti-Muslim bias that is so common in the post 9/11 world. As a consequence of it's publication date the reader is left wanting the rest of the story. Fortunately Lacey has written another book called "Inside the Kingdom" which picks up where this one leaves off and brings us up to 2010. I look forward to continuing but will have to put it off for ...more
Esra
Jan 27, 2015 Esra is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
fascinating book
Chris Hext
Amazing till the very end when saying things like "in 2001, it's doubtful the west will be so dependent on Saudi oil" or using woefully outdated oil reserve projections. But you can't fault the book written in 81. Also a bit of an Orientalist (thanks Said) tilt for a Brit in the early 80s. But the early history of Abdulaziz reads like an adventure novel, and the history of his sons Sa'ud and Faisal was very well done. Great read.
Dev
(3.3) Just as readable and interesting as his later work. Lacey chronicles the House of Sa'ud from its Wahabbi religious routes to its true founding under Abdullah Aziz. Presenting a sympathetic look at both the religion and politics of the Kingdom through the 20th century, the book makes for a fascinating and informative read.
Mona M. Kayed

كتاب يتناول تاريخ المملكة العربية السعودية منذ البدايات الأولى "الغزو المتبادل للقبائل" و حتى شكلها الحديث المعاصر ..

للمفارقة : بالرغم من أن المؤلف أجنبي إلا أنه انتابني شعور أن هذا الكتاب أصدق من باقي كتب التاريخ العربية التي _على الغالب_ تتم كتابتها لصالح فئة معينة من الناس دون غيرها !
Aliya
aku baca versi Indonesia-nya. bagus ne buku...cerita tentang awal mula berdirinya kerajaan arab saudi...hm...memang uniq ne negara yg satu ini...
kalau dirunut dari sejarahnya gitu, jadi tahu kenapa Arab saudi ga berani terang2an nentang Amerika dan Israel-nya...
Catori
قراة النسخة العربية منه رائع بمعنى الكلمة ياخذك في رحلة عبر التاريخ من بداية النشاة الى ان تجد نفسك في العصر الحديث مفصل لدرجة التعايش مع الحدث
يتكلم بصراحة للسعودية وعليها من الممكن ان يكون هذا سبب المنع
وردٌ شاميّ
كتاب جميل جدا...
رغم انني متأكدة من عدم الدقة في بعض الأحداث والتحليلات إلا أن الكتاب كفاتحة للقراءة في التاريخ السعودي سلس وممتع ومثمر.
حرضتني قراءته على قراءة جزئه الثاني غير أنني وجدت هذا الجزء أجمل.
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Robert Lacey is a British historian noted for his original research, which gets him close to - and often living alongside - his subjects. He is the author of numerous international bestsellers.

After writing his first works of historical biography, Robert, Earl of Essex and Sir Walter Ralegh, Robert wrote Majesty, his pioneering biography of Queen Elizabeth II. Published in 1977, Majesty remains
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