On Saudi Arabia

On Saudi Arabia

Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines - and Future

Book - 2012
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A journalist draws on three decades of firsthand experience to profile contemporary Saudi Arabia, offering insight into its leaders, citizens, cultural complexities, and international prospects.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307272164
Branch Call Number: 953.8 HOU
Characteristics: x, 308 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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SEBoiko
Jul 18, 2013

One who beleives in God sees this life is short and he must live for the next life. Some others think this is the only life so they are corrupt and greedy.

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SEBoiko
Jul 18, 2013

Draw the sword in their face and they will obey: sheath the sword and they will ask for more pay.

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SEBoiko
Jul 18, 2013

Knowing when to yeild and when to fight is a survival instinct the founding ruler perfected - and passed to his sons.

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SEBoiko
Apr 05, 2013

In oil-rich Saudi Arabia, good education is one thing money can not buy.

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SEBoiko
Apr 05, 2013

The whole core premise of Wahhabi Islam - that men obey Allah and women obey men.

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SEBoiko
Apr 05, 2013

Today's Saudi Arabia thus is less a unified nation state than a collection of tribes, regions, and Islamic factions that coexist in mutual suspicion and fear.

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SEBoiko
Apr 03, 2013

When elephants fight, we gnats get crushed.

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SEBoiko
Apr 03, 2013

"Ask not what you can do for your country but what your country can do for you", is the mentality of most Saudi youth.

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StarGladiator
Dec 07, 2015

Agree with the comments of JCS3F below - - this is a relatively mediocre book [can't recall reading one by a Pulitzer Prizer recipient that wasn't] which doesn't really take into consideration that Saudi Arabia supports the vilest religious extremist terrorism throughout the world, and in turn has been supported by a bevy of US presidents: Jimmy Carter, Reagan, the Bushes, Clinton and now Obama - - pure, unadulterated insanity!

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tedrich2921
May 19, 2013

For most Americans, Saudi Arabia is a complete mystery. I was interested in this book because I have made many trips to Saudi. This is a well-researched book about the many cracks in Saudi society. However, it's one of those books that could have been a long magazine article rather than a 250 plus page book. There are just so many times you can make the same points over and over. Still I found it interesting, probably more so than most people would. I give it a C plus rating.

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