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Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia [Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged] [MP3 CD]

Robert Lacey , Stephen Hoye
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Review

"Beautifully written and thought-provoking ... Robert Lacey has written a highly accomplished book which should go into the bags of anyone who has to travel to the kingdom" (Literary Review)

"Compelling ... [I] know of no book that captures so convincingly the intimate connection between the kingdom and the rise of al-Qaeda and its jihadist ideology...What distinguishes Mr Lacey's account is his use of Saudi voices - many of them, even in this most reticent of cultures, on the record - to anatomise a deeply rooted culture of intolerance" (Economist)

"Incisive ... The real triumph of this book ... is the way it peels away the layers of mystery that shroud a civil society of which we have almost no knowledge" (Sunday Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description

The complex story of what's been happening within Saudi Arabia - while the West wasn't looking --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Inside Flap

Saudi Arabia is a country defined by paradox – the world’s largest producer of oil which also produced fifteen of the nineteen hijackers of 9/11. While its fabulously wealthy princes and businessmen raise futuristic cities in the desert, its fundamentalist clerics despise western modernity and seek to roll back the kingdom’s values fourteen hundred years to the time of the Prophet Mohammed. To fully understand our interdependent 21st century world, we have to understand Saudi Arabia. Best-selling author Robert Lacey has known the Kingdom for thirty years. He first went to live there in 1979 to research the inside story of the oil boom, producing his epic and revelatory book The Kingdom which was banned by the Saudi government. After 9/11 he returned, to discover the dramatic components of a story stranger than fiction: * The bloody seizure of Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Islam’s Holy of Holies, by a group of fanatics under the wing of the Saudi religious establishment itself * How Osama Bin Laden and his Arab fighters in Afghanistan were fostered by both the US and Saudi governments, to inspire a whole generation of Muslim youth with the ideal of the jihadi – the Islamic holy warrior * The proof to refute the conspiracy theorists: how Al-Qaeda was waiting to celebrate before the planes hit the Towers on 9/11 * The tragedy of the “Qateef Girl” – raped by six men, then sentenced to be lashed for her own “immoral” behaviour * How Saudi Arabia seeks to re-educate its graduates from the Guantanamo prison camp – with a job, a car, and a wife Lacey is a born storyteller and he recounts these dramatic and controversial incidents in the voices of the Saudis themselves, painting a picture of a society that is slowly learning how not to be at war with itself. Saudi Arabia is notorious for its role in the greatest tragedy of modern times. Now it is struggling to realign itself around the concepts that it once scorned: religious tolerance, human rights, political accountablity – though not yet democracy – and, most challenging of all, equal rights for women. If the Kingdom can succeed in its latest and greatest battle, the consequences will be profound for its own society, for the troubled Middle East, for the countries that struggle with these crucial issues all over the globe – and, not least, for America. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

'Compelling ... [I] know of no book that captures so convincingly the intimate connection between the kingdom and the rise of al-Qaeda and its jihadist ideology' Economist

Saudi Arabia plays a crucial role in our interdependent 21st-century world. It is a country of fabulous wealth - the world's largest oil producer - whose princes and businessmen raise futuristic cities in the desert. Yet it is also notorious for producing fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 suicide bombers and fostering fundamentalist clerics who want to turn the clock back to the time of the Prophet Mohammed.

Bestselling author Robert Lacey has known the kingdom well for thirty years. Here, he depicts the nation, post 9/11, struggling to re-align itself around the concepts it once scorned: religious tolerance, human rights, political accountability - though not yet democracy - and, most challenging of all, equal rights for women. If the kingdom can succeed in this battle, the consequences will be profound - for its own society and for the troubled Middle East.

'A book of startling insights ... Lacey's sympathetic engagement with the struggles, triumphs and defeats of average Saudi men and women makes Inside the Kingdom both compelling reading and an important contribution to building greater understanding between Saudi Arabia and the west' Financial Times

'Beautifully written and thought-provoking ... A highly accomplished book which should go into the bags of anyone who has to travel to the Kingdom' Literary Review

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Robert Lacey is a British journalist and the author of the bestselling books Majesty and Ford: The Men and the Machine, among others. In 1979, he moved with his family to Saudi Arabia for eighteen months to research his book, The Kingdom, an eye-opening and penetrating study of that country's complex and often paradoxical culture. For the past three years he has split his time between Saudi Arabia and London, gathering material for this book. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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