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The King's Messenger: Prince Bandar bin Sultan and America's Tangled Relationship With Saudi Arabia

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The story of the last thirty years in the complex relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia centers around its principle actor: Prince Bandar, the controversial longtime Saudi ambassador.

"Just how oil, arms, and Allah have served over time either to bind or sunder the United States–Saudi Arabia relationship is the focus of this book," writes David Ottaway, wh
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by Walker Books
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Aziz
Nov 13, 2013 Aziz rated it really liked it
I really recommend this book to any one want to learn about the US-Saudi relation from the first meeting of king Abdulaziz and president Roosevelt to king Abdullah and president Bush jr. If you interested in this subject you should read this book.
Bob Mitchell
Jun 15, 2010 Bob Mitchell rated it liked it
Ottaway delivers a Washington insider's view of U.S.-Saudi relations seen through the prism of Riyadh's longtime ambassador to the United States. The thought-provoking book left me wanting more about the bigger-than-life character at the center of the book and the kingdom he represented. The book's anecdotal qualities had the feeling of a reporter -- a very good reporter -- emptying the notebook. Another problem is that Bandar played a far bigger role on the Washington stage in the 1980s and ...more
Cameron
Feb 15, 2009 Cameron rated it liked it
This is a good, not to demanding read. While it lacked any real depth of analysis of Prince Bandar's character and motivations, the content from a historical content was very good. I was quite oblivious to how rapidly our relationship with the Saudis has changed over the last eight years - I had no idea that they really lack the ability to significantly influence world oil prices anymore and that they are only the 4th leading supplier of oil to the US.

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Motaz
Apr 09, 2011 Motaz rated it liked it
just finish reading it last night, and as i finish reading a book, for some reasons i feel sad. reading a book is like watching a movie, the only different is that won't be happy ending but will be Sad ending.
change a lot of my view about Bander bin sultan, who i thought he was ordinary but in reality is extraordinary
hope he could drive the country to better place and Contribute with the others to build better Saudi Arabia for the future and for the people :)
Motaz
Jan 06, 2011 Motaz is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
History, that what i do love to read about, and it tells me also some hidden fact that i did not read/hear about it in the media :)
Currently LOVE IT !
Hussein Hajaig
Aug 09, 2013 Hussein Hajaig rated it liked it
more about the saudi-us relation than bandar,but it shows the prince ego and professionalism plus his more loyalty to himself and the us than to KSA.
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