Princes of Darkness: The Saudi Assault on the West

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Princes of Darkness is a highly critical expose of Saudi Arabia and attacks the elite inside that country as enemies of the western world. By extension this is also a criticism of the U.S. foreign policy that has supported the royal family. It should be noted that the genesis of this book comes from the author's intensely controversial and subsequently leaked Defense Department briefing in July 2002, while serving as a senior international policy analyst at RAND.

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Laurent Murawiec is a senior fellow with the Hudson Institute in Washington D.C. He was a senior international policy analyst with the RAND Corporation until 2002. He was a foreign correspondent in Germany and Central Europe, co-founder of GeoPol Services S.A., a Geneva, Switzerland, consulting company, and an adviser to the French Ministry of Defense. He has taught the history of central economic planning at the prestigious Ecole des Hautes Etudes en sciences sociales in Paris and military analysis and cultural anthropology at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. His books include War in the 21st Century and The Spirit of Nations: Cultures and Geopolitics.

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Princes of Darkness is an account of the ruling family of Saudi Arabia, its procedures, privileges, and abuses of the power and the oil wealth accruing by accident. Politicizing its brand of Islam and responsible for much of the current terrorist violence, Saudi Arabia has long been a danger to itself and others all over the world. Laurent Murawiec throws a bright light on a society that has to reform out of all recognition for the sake of peace and justice, but seemingly has neither the will nor the capacity to do so. (David Pryce-Jones, senior editor at the National Review)

A brilliant, powerful, no punches pulled account of how our Saudi 'friends,' wallowing in corruption, have used their vast oil wealth to encourage and finance the extremism that now threatens the western world. The Saudis and their friends in Washington will hate this book. Officials who have to contend with the train wreck of Saudi policies will say privately: 'it'sabout time!' (Richard Perle, American Enterprise Institute, former chairman of the Defense Policy Board, and assistant secretary of defense)

In his now-legendary Pentagon briefing in July 2002, Laurent Murawiec took a major step to break the Washington taboo about speaking the truth about Saudi Arabia. Now, in this insightful and well-written study of the kingdom, he amply documents his argument, concluding with the dramatic recommendation that we 'take Saudi out of Arabia.' (Daniel Pipes, director, Middle East Forum; author of Militant Islam Comes to America)

Try a thought experiment: that Ferdinand and Isabella's Spain of five centuries ago exists today and is fabulously wealthy from oil―and that Torquemada and his followers are given billions of dollars a year to bring the world under the Spanish Inquisition's sway. We would face a dangerous and determined spread of malignant hatred and cruelty masquerading as religion. As Laurent Murawiec persuasively demonstrates, so we do. (R. James Woolsey, former Director of the CIA; Chairman, Woolsey Partners LLC)

Princes of Darkness is not the usual journalistic exposé of the House of Saud and its long history with the United States. Laurent Murawiec is instead a philosopher, and his explorations read more like a moral treatise on the corrupting effects of money, power, and high status on a tribal society that has evolved little from its Bedouin days despite its untold billions-and its strange, and ultimately depressing, relationship with the American elite. While nominal partners, the Saudi Royals are hardly friends, and, as Murawiec repeatedly demonstrates, more often enemies of all that the liberal West stands for. (Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution and author of Mexifornia: A State of Becoming)

"Murawiec raises serious issues here." (F. Gregory Gause III, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont and the author of Oil Monarchies. The Review of Higher Education)

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