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Feb 15, 2015 Tim Pendry rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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
David Holden, the Sunday Times journalist.More about David Holden...