Robert Lacey


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January 03, 1944

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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
acknowledged as the definitive study of British monarchy - a subject on which the author continues to write and lecture around the world, appearing regularly on ABC's Good Morning America and on CNN's Larry King Live.

The Kingdom, a study of Saudi Arabia published in 1981, is similarly acknowledged as required reading for businessmen, diplomats and stu
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The Year 1000: What Life Wa...

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Inside the Kingdom: Kings, ...

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The Crown: The Official Com...

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Great Tales from English Hi...

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Grace

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Little Man: Meyer Lansky an...

3.90 avg rating — 781 ratings — published 1991 — 8 editions
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The Kingdom: Arabia and the...

4.12 avg rating — 455 ratings — published 1981 — 12 editions
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“أعدم ال سعود جهيمان لكنهم جعلوا من افكاره نهجا للدولة”
Robert Lacey, Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia

“If you see a poor man come into your majlis, try to speak to him before you speak to the other people,” the king told his son. “Never make a decision on the spot. Say you will give your decision later. Never sign a paper sending someone to prison unless you are 100 percent convinced. And once you’ve signed, don’t change your mind. Be solid. You will find that people try to test you.” Fahd was delivering his basic course in local leadership—Saudi Governance 101.
“If you don’t know anything about a subject, be quiet until you do. Recruit some older people who can give you advice. And if a citizen comes with a case against the government, take the citizen’s side to start with and give the officials a hard time the government will have no shortage of people to speak for them.”
Robert Lacey, Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia

“Of all the varieties of modern pollution, noise is the most insidious.”
Robert Lacey, The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium

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