Now the international oil trade has made Saudi Arabia one of the richest countries in the world, and the Saudi royal family finds itself caught in the balance between traditional Islamic faith and the appeal of wealth and Western-style ways. In addition, evidence points to Saudi involvement in the September 11 attacks on the United States. Combining new information on current events with important historical context, The Saudi Royal Family will spark debate on what lies ahead for one of the richest families in the world.
Table of Contents
Foreword: On Leadership Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. 6
Humble Origins 12
Desert Kingdom 23
King Abdul Aziz-A New Kingdom 31
King Saud, the Black Sheikh: 1953-1964 41
King Faisal, the Hero: 1964-1975 53
King Khalid, the Quiet One: 1975-1982 60
King Fahd, the Businessman: 1982-2005 66
Saudi Arabia and the War on Terror 82
King Abdullah 93
Friend or Foe: The Future of Saudi Arabia 100
Further Reading 114
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I loved the pictures, I loved the writing. Easy to understand and Reed brought up questions in an objective way allowing kids to come to their own conclusions about the Saudi Royal Family. Very in tune to our times! History in the making and children should know what is going on. This book will help them better understand not only the Sauds, but Islam too.