Inside the Kingdom Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia
By Robert Lacey
Though Saudi Arabia sits on one of the richest oil deposits in the world, it also produced fifteen of the nineteen September hijackers. In this immensely important book, journalist Robert Lacey draws on years of access to every circle of Saudi society giving readers the fullest portrait yet of a land straddling the worlds of medievalism and modernity. Moving from the bloody seizure of Mecca’s Grand Mosque in 1979, through the Persian Gulf War, to the delicate U.S.-Saudi relations in a post 9/11 world, Inside the Kingdom brings recent history to vivid life and offers a powerful story of a country learning how not to be at war with itself.