Saudi, Inc.: The Arabian Kingdom's Pursuit of Profit and Power

Saudi, Inc.: The Arabian Kingdom's Pursuit of Profit and Power

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The Saudi royal family and Aramco leadership are, and almost always have been, motivated by ambitions of long-term strength and profit. They use Islamic law, traditional ideology, and harsh justice to maintain stability and their own power, but underneath the thobes and abayas and behind the religious fanaticism and illiberalism lies a sophisticated and ruthless business enterprise. Over more than a century, fed by ambition and oil wealth, al Saud (as the royal family is known) has come from having next to nothing to ruling as absolute monarchs. Their story starts with Saudi Arabia's founder, the lowly refugee Abdul Aziz, embarking on a daring gambit to reconquer his family's ancestral home: the mud-walled city of Riyadh. And it ends with al Saud's most ambitious move yet: taking Aramco, the multinational business that has made them the wealthiest family in the world, public.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781520097541
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 5.04(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Ellen R. Wald, PhD, is a widely cited consultant on geopolitics and the global energy industry. She earned her doctorate in history at Boston University and an AB in history, Near Eastern studies, and creative writing at Princeton University. She teaches Middle East history and policy and has appeared on TV and radio on three continents.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Refugee Becomes King ix

Part 1 1

1 "A Devil Of A Time" 3

2 The Americans In King Ibn Saud's Court 24

3 Actual Accrued Benefit 49

4 An Arabian Dawn 78

Part II 101

5 He Met His Duty 103

6 Putting The House In Order 120

7 Wahhabism, Women, Westerners, And Riyals 146

Part III 177

8 "Masters Of Our Own Commodity" 179

9 "Nationalization Was Not The Thing At All" 202

10 "Barrels Of Oil and Gigawatts Of Power" 225

Epilogue: For Their Sons 253

Note On sources 267

Notes 269

Acknowledgments 293

Index 296

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