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On Saudi Arabia by Karen Elliott House
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Jun 04, 2013 | ISBN 9780307473288

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A New York Times, Washington Post, and Newsweek Best Book of the Year

“A profoundly important work. . . . An unblemished and objective assessment of the Saudi worldview.”
The Huffington Post

“Few books about Saudi Arabia will chill the reader as artfully as Karen Elliott House’s. . . . Provocative . . . a must-read for anyone interested in human rights, global politics and the future of the weakening Saudi state.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Recommended reading for all those seeking a new perspective on one of the world’s most consequential societies.”
Henry A. Kissinger

“[House] skillfully unveils this inscrutable place for regional specialists and general readers alike.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating. . . . An important book that offers insights into the kingdom’s fault lines, as well as gentle suggestions for a positive diplomacy.”
The Washington Post
“The vignettes [House] assembles are not only entertaining and lucidly drawn, but also offer a rare glimpse into a world that is normally closed to Western reporters. . . . Eloquent and timely. . . . Presenting these issues in a readable yet serious book is a rare feat indeed, and she should be commended for it.”
The New Republic
“House demonstrates an unparalleled understanding of the dynamics of Saudi society. Her extraordinary access to Saudis from all walks of life and her keen insights . . . greatly enrich the reader’s understanding.”
—Senator Susan Collins (Maine), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
“A gem of reporting on one of the hardest stories to crack. . . . [House] is one of the wiliest and most determined newspaperwomen of her generation. . . . Illuminating. . . . Masterful.”
The New York Sun
“A valuable assessment of where the kingdom is and where it might go. A stimulating and worthwhile read.”
—George P. Shultz
“A book that future Saudi leaders should read carefully. It exposes incisively and dispassionately the social contradictions and the potential political vulnerabilities of contemporary Saudi Arabia. . . . Timely and truly important.”
—Zbigniew Brzezinski, former United States National Security Advisor

“Revealing and impressively reported . . . House’s 30-plus years’ experience in one of the least accessible countries makes us see, hear, and experience Saudi Arabia like a local.”
—Tina Brown, The Daily Beast, “Favorite Books of 2012”

“A deeply reported look at an increasingly complicated and fragile society.”
The Kansas City Star

“The internal contradictions of a medieval theocracy in thrall to modern-day petrocapitalism give Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist House ample material . . . Illuminating . . . cogently written.”
Publishers Weekly

“An incisive analysis of divisive dynamics inside the world’s most important supplier of oil. House asks hard questions about the future of Saudi Arabia.”
—Graham Allison, Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

“Well-researched, informative. . . . House succeeds in capturing the diversity of Saudi society, painting a more complex picture than the caricature of oil wells and extreme wealth.”


L.A. Times Book Prize (Current Interest) FINALIST 2012

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