The Kingdom by Robert Lacey audiobook

The Kingdom: Arabia and the House of Saud

By Robert Lacey
Read by Frederick Davidson

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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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A 2018 New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of Books to Help Understand the US's Relations with Saudi Arabia

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A readable history of how Saudi Arabia was formed in the early 1900s by a man named Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd ar-Rahman ibn Faisal al-Saud (often known in the West as Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud), who reclaimed power over the region after his family had lost it in the 1700s. Lacey, who is a friend of Khashoggi’s, the disappeared journalist, threads together the story of how Abd al-Aziz built a kingdom ‘with a sword of steel and a sword of flesh.’" New York Times Book Review
“In Saudi Arabia, Robert Lacey had the kind of access most journalists only dream of.” David Brancaccio, American radio and television journalist
“[Lacey’s] grasp of Saudi thinking and purposes is most intensely felt in the final, 1973-and-after, section—where he is able to make sympathetically intelligible, even inescapable, everything from the oil boycott to the Saudis’ nonconservation of their one valuable resource, from their tolerance of internal dissidence to their outrage at the TV-film Death of a Princess.” Kirkus Reviews
“Frederick Davidson’s well-paced, crisp and forthright reading commands the listener’s attention, and his able attempts at varied accents are welcome…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.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Robert Lacey

Author Bio: Robert Lacey

Robert Lacey is a British historian and author of twenty books, including several New York Times bestsellers. He is the historical consultant to the television series The Crown, having worked previously with Peter Morgan on his Oscar-winning movie The Queen.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 22.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English