Faysal: Saudi Arabia's King for All Seasons / Edition 1

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King Faysal (1906-1975) ruled Saudi Arabia from 1964 until his assassination eleven years later. By that point his legacy as one of the most instrumental actors in the development of the modern Middle East had been assured.

Faysal bin Abdul 'Aziz Al Sa'ud had first served as a key diplomat and foreign minister for Saudi Arabia when he was prince and heir apparent. Always a keen decision-maker, he established important relationships not only in the region but also with European nations and the United States. By the time he ascended to the throne, Faysal understood how dependent many nations were on his country's oil, an understanding that led to the oil embargo of 1973 and the solidification of Saudi Arabia's leadership, wealth, and power.

In Faysal, Joseph Kechichian offers the first biography of the ruler in decades, and the first to make use of interviews and key archival and declassified documents. Utilizing the same writing style that has earned accolades from The Economist and other publications, Kechichian offers a balanced assessment of Faysal and his impact. Any understanding of the ties between Saudi Arabia and the West is incomplete without this book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813032429
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph A. Kechichian is CEO of the consulting partnership Kechichian & Associates, which provides analysis on the Persian Gulf region. He is the author of Succession in Saudi Arabia; Iran, Iraq, and the Arab Gulf States; and Power and Succession in Arab Monarchies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Saudi Arabia and the Al Sa'ud before Faysal 11

2 Prince Faysal (1906-1953) 26

3 Heir Apparent Faysal (1953-1964) 57

4 King Faysal (1964-1975) 105

5 Divergences from the United States 145

6 A Modernizing Vision for an Emergent Kingdom 172

7 The Faysal Legacy 192

App. 1 Chronology 201

App. 2 Vital Speeches 212

App. 3 Documents 223

Notes 237

Bibliography 261

Index 283

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