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Inside The Kingdom by Carmen Bin Ladin
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Apr 07, 09

Read in December, 2008, read count: 1

This book was riveting to me. It is a true story, and is written by a woman who is not a writer, so don't expect it to be a literary marvel. But the details she reveals about life in Saudi Arabia was eye-opening to me. I am not very familiar with the culture in the Middle East, and this book really detailed why the culture is defined by the Islam religion, and why it makes people do what they do there.

The author married a half-brother of Osama bin Ladin, and she describes a little about him and his personality. She was Swiss-born, and moved to Saudi Arabia after she married her husband, Yeslam. So as an outsider looking in, the culture there was foreign to her. Her struggle to live as a Westerner fell flat on it's face, and she had to submit to the customs of the country. There is a range of emotions present in this book, and the fact that it is a true story made it even more interesting.
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