Inside the Kingdom: the struggle for Saudi Arabia

Dec 2, 2009

Like most of the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is a country full of contradictions, sometimes violent ones. Thanks to its massive oil reserves the residents of the Kingdom enjoy modern cities, luxury goods and generally comfortable lives; and yet there is an ancient tribal system and violently conservative religious morals that dominate Saudi Arabian society. Robert Lacey traces the history and charts the future of Saudi Arabia, the same conflicted country that produced Osama bin Laden and ranks as one of America’s staunchest allies in the Middle East.

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