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The Siege of Mecca: The Forgotten Uprising Hardcover – 1 Nov 2007

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane; First UK edition edition (1 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846140609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846140600
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,177,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Advance Praise for "The Siege of Mecca" "Yaroslav Trofimov has written a spellbinding thriller. Packed with vivid, previously undisclosed details, it illuminates a little-known hostage crisis in the closed-off heart of the Muslim world that helped give rise to Al Qaeda. Once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down."--Rajiv Chandrasekaran, author of "Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone" "As Yaroslav Trofimov amply and skillfully demonstrates, the most radioactive particle in the world today is not North Korea, Iran, or, for that matter, the United States. It is, rather, the terrifying bundle of contradictions otherwise known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The most formative event in the modern history of this secretive and at times morally disgusting petrocracy is vivisected by Trofimov to unsettling effect, and he reminds us of why anything that has happened or will happen there is a matter of great concern to the world." --Tom Bissell, author of "God Lives in St. Petersburg "and "The Father of All Things"

About the Author

Yaroslav Trofimov, a staff foreign correspondent of The Wall Street Journal since 1999, has extensively reported from the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, and the Balkans. He is also the author of Faith at War: A Journey on the Frontlines of Islam, from Baghdad to Timbuktu.

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