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[Read by Frederick Davidson]
The Kingdom is the story of a country -- a country of astonishing contrasts, where routine computer printouts open with the words ''In the name of God,'' where men who grew up in goat-hair tents now dominate the money markets of the world, and where murderers and adulterers are publicly executed in the street. By its own reckoning, this country is just entering the fifteenth century.
The Kingdom is also the story of a family -- a family that has fought its way from poverty and obscurity into wealth and power the likes of which the world has never known, a family characterized by fierce loyalty among its members, ruthlessness toward its enemies, and dedication to one of the world's most severe and demanding creeds.
The Kingdom is Saudi Arabia -- the only country in the world to bear the name of the family that rules it.
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ROBERT LACEY is the coauthor of The Year 1000 and the author of such bestselling books as Majesty, The Kingdom, and The Queen Mother's Century. He lives in London.From AudioFile:
Robert Lacy meticulously presents the gargantuan saga of the Al Sa'ud family and their Kingdom, Sa'udi Arabia. The sheer complexity of the material and the inaccessibility of Arabic nomenclature make this a very difficult book to present in audio. To keep facts straight, the listener needs the detailed appendices provided in the written format. Frederick Davidson's well-paced, crisp and forthright reading commands the listener's attention, and his able attempts at varied accents are welcome. Ironically, the supercilious edge to his voice reiterates the patronizing and dismissive attitude of the Western superpowers towards the Sa'udis before the 1973 oil crisis. B.M.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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