This classic from 1981 was updated as INSIDE THE KINGDOM in 2009
The Kingdom is a mysterious place, and it unveils its mysteries only grudgingly. Someone who takes up the challenge, who goes to live among its people, who visits its palaces and oil wells and bedouin tents, and who is invited inside the homes of ordinary Sa'udi Arabians, humble and mighty, encounters true warmth and hospitality, much that is banal, a few things that are scarcely believable - and a great deal of secrecy. This book is a mixture of all these things…'
The Kingdom is Sa'udi Arabia - the only country in the world to bear the name of the family that rules it. It is the story of a country that has haunted our imagination for centuries, and that haunts it still. Read the book that General Norman Schwarzkopf kept on his nightstand during the Gulf War!
Robert took his family to live in Sa'udi Arabia while he researched the story of the Kingdom - a country of astonishing contrasts, where computer print-outs 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 executed in the street.
The Kingdom is also the story of the House of Sa'ud, a dynasty that has fought its way from poverty and obscurity to wealth and power. A family characterised by fierce loyalty among its members, ruthlessness towards its enemies, and dedication to one of the world's most severe and demanding creeds. In the updated version of his book that Robert Lacey is currently preparing, he examines the challenges facing the world's wealthiest royal family. What are its chances of survival in the 21st century?
If you have had contact with Saudi Arabia in the last twenty-five years, why not pass along your insights to Robert Lacey? Tell him your first hand experiences of:
Islamic life and education
the changing texture of life inside the Kingdom for Saudis and expatriates
the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan
the Afghan civil war and the emergence of the Taliban
the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and the Gulf War of 1990-91
Osama Bin Laden, the growth of al-Qaeda, 9/11, and terrorism inside the Kingdom
political opposition and the calls for social reform
the role of women now and the prospects for the future
Saudi relations with America, China and the outside world
UK Publisher: Hutchinson 1981