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“The history of a little Emirate’s epic transformation, from an impoverished pearling enclave, to the shining city on the hill, is revealed in full detail. Jim Krane is a great reporter, whose journalistic credentials are brought to bear in this unique work that is infused with facts, ample history, emotion and stunning narratives. He leads his audience into the nooks and crannies of the "unknown" Dubai, to reveal the humanity and intrigue that pulsates beneath the surface. He shows how powerful persons with a global reach collaborated to build an economic gem out of the desert. This is a fast-moving Arabian tale, but very much a modern one; not only laden with facts, it is a guidebook and cautionary tale for other developing nations in their quest to rapidly achieve the Western dream.”-- Justin Dargin, Harvard University - author of Desert Dreams and The Dolphin Project: The Development of a Gulf Gas Initiative
"Dubai is fortunate to have as skilled and passionate a chronicler as Jim Krane. The city leaps off these pages with panache, brassiness, splendor and suffering. There is no better book about Dubai, and there may never be." --Jon Alterman, Director of the Middle East Program at CSIS and author of The Vital Triangle: China, The United States and The Middle East
“How did one of the planet’s last unexplored wastelands, for millennia ignored by history, become in just a few short decades the playground of the unimaginably rich? In City of Gold, Jim Krane traces the fascinating and long overlooked history of Dubai, from pirate battles and eccentric British explorers to the glittering spires of a metropolis that emerged from nowhere, in prose as spare and enchanting as a desert fairy tale.”--James Hider, author of The Spiders of Allah: Travels of an Unbeliever on the Frontline of Holy War and Mideast correspondent The Times of London
“A marvelous book. Beautifully written! Jim Krane has written a fascinating account of a Middle East we rarely get to hear about. Jim Krane’s book on Dubai’s rise and fall -- in this era of global financial crisis -- is a cautionary tale for us all.”--Lourdes Garcia-Navarro, NPR Middle East Correspondent
This is a well written, concise, very readable and fascinating portrait of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. Read morePublished 13 days ago by A. Howell
Very good information on the transformation of Dubai. Loved the old "septic systems" in the desert.Published 1 month ago by jim
A well researched account of the history of Dubai and astonishing audacity of vision that made Dubai one of the leading cities of the world. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Shikanji Studio
A suburb overview of Dubai. It made me change a one day stop-over to a 3-day stopover, and wish I were staying there for 5. Dubai,it seems, is much more interesting than I thought.Published 10 months ago by Todd
The book, at least in kindle form, is full of many mistakes.
Years are written incorrectly, i.e. Read more
Perfect book perfect for the times. This really answers the question how? No, seriously, how did a city that barely registered as a "city" even in its own region take off... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Brian Maitland
I read this book before and even during my visit to the UAE while lying on Jumeirah Beach at Dubai Marina. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steven K McAllister
Perfect book before heading off to Dubai - provides history, economic, and political overview. Covers both the positives and negatives of Dubai's rapid ascent but a little too... Read morePublished 16 months ago by James Hamill
I started reading this near the end of a trip to Dubai and I wish I had read it earlier. It is an excellent introduction to this city-state and will explain in advance many of the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jon Willis