Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia

Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia

by Robert Lacey

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ISBN-13: 9780143118275
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/05/2010
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 823,544
Product dimensions: 2.40(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert Lacey is a British journalist and the author of the bestselling books The Kingdom, Majesty, and Ford: The Men and the Machine. For the past three years he has split his time between Saudi Arabia and London to research this book.

Table of Contents

Preface: Welcome to the Kingdom ix

Map: Saudi Arabia and Its Neighbors xvi

Family Tree: Rulers of the Kingdom xxviii

Note on the Islamic Calendar xx

Part 1 Kingdom of God

1 Angry Face 3

2 The Brothers 14

3 Siege 24

4 No Sunni, No Shia 37

5 Vox Populi, Vox Dei 46

6 Salafi Soccer 54

7 Jihad in Afghanistan 62

8 Special Relationship 68

9 Dawn Visitors 78

10 Stars in the Heavens 86

11 Into Exile 97

12 The Dove and the East Wind 105

13 Vacationing Jihadi 114

Part 2 Kingdom at War

14 Desert Storm 127

15 Battle for Al-Khafji 141

16 Awakening 148

17 Stopping the Sins 157

18 In from the Cold 167

19 Change of Heart 174

20 Enter the Crown Prince 180

21 The Students 193

22 Infinite Reach 204

23 New Century 214

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"This is high drama and an epic tale. Dazzling—-on every level." —-Tom Brokaw

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Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
EpicTale on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Overall enjoyable and interesting book, but too sprawling and disconnected to earn a higher rating. Worthwhile reading if you're looking for a non-judgmental portrayal of the complex religious and social tensions which underlie modern Saudi society. Reading the book, I was reminded of my great good fortune to have been born in the West.
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Provided insight on historical and political aspects of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its royal family. Clear, concise and informative. A great read.
Auditman More than 1 year ago
This was a well written book about the history, the culture and the royalty of Saudia Arabia. The book reads like it was written by a Saudi citizen. The author captures all kinds of details and historical nuances. Kept my attention and interest very well. The only thing that bothered me a little was the lack of critique against radical Islam. He talks about it but never makes a value judgement. A summation at the end of how western civilization compares favorably to the islamic culture would have helped. I felt like he was either co-opted by the culture a bit or was trying to hard not to be negative (although there is ample material for it).
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