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Objective modern history of Saudi Arabia,
This review is from: The Kingdom (Hardcover)
Well written, lots of first hand research, this is an objective history of Saudi Arabia, a country with more than it's fair share of social, moral and religous problems. What I like about Mr Lacey's account is it written without too much personal comment or attempts to sway the reader's opinion. In other words, written like history should be written - objective and without too many axes to grind.
I probably knew as much as the average joe about this somewhat inward looking country before reading this book, I was expecting to be somewhat shocked especially about the more extreme forms of Sharia law and the codes of morality laid down by the religous leaders who still have tremendous power and sway in The Kingdom. I was shocked but again the book does not preach, hey, this the way things are! Not a country to be born female or poor or worse - both - in my humble opinion.
If you are like me and have very little knowledge about the social, religious, political and moral make-up of devout Muslim countries but do have the wish to find out more, in an intelligent and forthright manner then I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Five star reading.