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The House of Saud: The Rise and Rule of the Most Powerful Dynasty in the Arab World

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
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Hardcover, 569 pages
Published January 28th 1982 by Holt, Rinehart & Winston (first published 1981)
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Tim Pendry

This book takes the story of the House of Saud and of Saudi Arabia only up to 1979 and Juhaiman bin Muhammed Utaibi's crazed attempt to seize the shrine at Mecca but it remains valuable.

The authors seemed to think in 1980 that the 'regime' had little chance of long term survival, yet here we are, thirty five years later, with the Kingdom still an arbiter, if not the arbiter, of much Middle Eastern politics despite intensifying liberal distaste for its system.

The book falls into two natural parts
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Bilal
Mar 11, 2016 Bilal rated it it was amazing
Great book!
Mohamed Gohary
Apr 17, 2009 Mohamed Gohary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is a great account that connects lots of events and characters that we always hear about together in one book. Great work and much effort done to achieve such a book that starts with the capture of Riyadh by Al Saud till the very early eighties. It's a tragedy the death of the author for whatever causes it might be. Unfortunately for us as his presence could have urged him to write a sequel to it specially after the time has changed and the great events that happened like the 2 Gulf ...more
Sharon Anne Beers
Feb 17, 2016 Sharon Anne Beers rated it liked it
Interesting and enlightening detail about Abdul Aziz al Saud, his descendents, and their impact on Saudi Arabia and the world in
the 20th century.
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A book that was written in the 70's that identifies all the players in the Mideast
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