Inside The Kingdom: Kings Clerics Modernists Terrorists And The Struggle For Saudi A by Robert LaceyInside The Kingdom: Kings Clerics Modernists Terrorists And The Struggle For Saudi A by Robert Lacey

Inside The Kingdom: Kings Clerics Modernists Terrorists And The Struggle For Saudi A

byRobert Lacey

Paperback | September 28, 2010

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Following on his 1982 classic, The Kingdom, British journalist and bestselling author Robert Lacey offers penetrating insights into the complex country of Saudi Arabia. Taking the reader from the dramatic seizure of the Grand Mosque in Jeddah in 1979 to the deepening U.S.–Saudi relations during the Persian Gulf War and the increasing alienation of such radical fundamentalists as Osama bin Laden, Lacey presents an unvarnished picture of a country where repression is endemic and religion rules all. Through conversations with a broad range of Saudis, from high princes and ambassadors to men and women on the street, Inside the Kingdom is a story of a people trying to reconcile the religious separatism of the past with the rapidly changing world in which they are increasingly intertwined.
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.
Title:Inside The Kingdom: Kings Clerics Modernists Terrorists And The Struggle For Saudi AFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 1.2 inPublished:September 28, 2010Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143173553

ISBN - 13:9780143173557


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books on the House of Saud Lacey's book is one of my favourite books on the House of Saud. He goes beyond what is regularly reported in the liberal media bias and delivers excellent portraits of the kingdom. Highly recommended in understanding what MbS will soon inherit.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh. Reading Samuel Huntington's clash of civilization leads one to believe that the world is divided into civilizational blocks that would operate in tandem to achieve its geopolitical objectives with. This book deals with a significant if not the main player from the Islamic block of countries and it does well to shed light on the internal machinations that manifest in the seemingly hard exterior that is projected. Saudi Arabia is an anachronism and a wonder at the same time, though what the reader realizes is that this is largely due to a fragile balance of oil revenues and a marriage between a religious strain and tribal politics.
Date published: 2017-08-03

Editorial Reviews

“Richer, more considered and more damning than the first…What distinguishes Mr Lacey’s account is his use of Saudi voices—many of them, even in this most reticent of cultures, on the record—to anatomise a deeply rooted culture of intolerance. …The voices of the victims are especially poignant. … He portrays the misery and isolation of Saudi women …Lacey conveys the simple, homely character of the current ruler, King Abdullah….. Compelling” - The Economist"A book of startling insights.” - Financial Times"The real triumph of this book ... is the way it peels away the layers of mystery that shroud a civil society of which we have almost no knowledge.... Lacey goes in on the ground level, and to say that this book is journalistic is not a criticism, for in parts it is also rigorously analytical. But his background as a reporter allows him to bring to life the remarkable material he has amassed by living there for the past three years" - The Times"Robert Lacey, a great reporter and stylish writer, has given us a valuable, insightful and provocative look into one of the world's most powerful and still mysterious societies?the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It's all here: Islam, the family tree, a sea of oil and money to match, palace intrigue, and the place of Osama Bin Laden. This is high drama and an epic tale. Dazzling on every level" - Tom Brokaw“[An] important, welcome and most timely book." - Washington Times"Robert Lacey explains one of the world's most complicated governments and societies with sweeping, beautiful writing, intellectual brilliance and unparalleled insight. Inside the Kingdom is the most penetrating and substantial book on the Saudi state and society since September 11. Once again Lacey has proved that no outsider understands Saudi Arabia better than himself. This is a thoughtful masterpiece about a country that lies at the heart of the Muslim world." - Ahmed Rashid, author of Taliban and Descent into Chaos"Lacey does a good job of encapsulating Saudi domestic history over the past 30 years...Inside the Kingdom" tells an important story...Few other writers are as well-positioned as Lacey to give a prognosis. He has been watching the kingdom for 30 tumultuous years, and has become a trusted source" - Washington Post"Gripping...With its account of how and why the country became a laboratory of international jihad, [Inside the Kingdom is] an even more urgent read than its predecessor.... It is those outside Saudi Arabia, though, who most need to read this page-turning account of a country with a power to affect all of us, but which the rest of the world seems reluctant to know. Those who wish to dismiss it as a rogue nation protected by its wealth should make sure they're blaming the right people for." - The Independent“Beautifully written and thought-provoking … Lacey has a very good feel for the Anglo-Saxon aetheling structure of the ramified ruling dynasty, whereby the most competent, rather than the most senior, prince generally gets to the top…. Lacey is good on the pretensions of the clergy, who have their own cane-wielding religious police.…Lacey is also informative about why the US-Saudi relationship is not so special any longer.. A highly accomplished book which should go into the bags of anyone who has to travel to the kingdom.” - Literary Review"Robert Lacey has returned to the Kingdom to provide an insightful and intimate portrait of a country?and a family?chained to tradition and challenged by the remorseless march of modernity. Lacey provides many startling and often delicious details that make this history fresh, surprising, and essential." - Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower“Provide[s] a different perspective…An insider’s view…What it does have is people: the women who saw female GIs driving trucks and decided to give driving a try, too (they were arrested); victims of injustice and millionaires; dissidents and the princes who jail them.” - Telegraph (UK)" Lacey's conversational tone and anecdotal approach to storytelling and analysis gives us a vivid portrait of personal and political life in Saudi Arabia's public and personal spheres...Lacey's eye for sweeping trends and the telling detail combined with the depth, breadth and evenhandedness of his research makes for an indispensable guide." - Publishers Weekly" A lucid exploration of profound divisions in Saudi society... A culturally sensitive portrayal of a troubled-and potentially troublesome-region. " - Kirkus