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Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism Paperback – June 1, 2004

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In the global search for culprits and causes in the rise of terrorism, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Dore Gold shines a spotlight on a nation many think of as a close ally of the United States: Saudi Arabia. As he explains in Hatred’s Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism, Gold believes that the Saudi government is greatly influenced by the Islamist sect known as Wahhabism and, he explains, that influence has lead to Saudi support of terrorism in the Middle East, Europe, the United States and around the world. The historical portion of Gold’s argument, where he traces the emergence of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab and the changing face of Saudi leadership, is admirably extensive and detailed. His modern research is a little more uneven, relying on statements by various Muslim clergy members, letters to the editors of newspapers, opinion pieces, and other evidence that is rarely damnable. Curiously, mentions of Israel and the long-standing Arab-Israeli conflict are much more infrequent than one would expect from an Israeli diplomat and scholar. But regardless of one’s opinion of Gold’s research or his alarming conclusions, the book offers something not often found in modern political nonfiction: a coherent structure, exhaustive research, and a clear and consistent perspective on the ongoing threat of terrorism. --John Moe --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


"...may be the most important Middle East book on the market" -- Jewish Tribune, April 25, 2003

"...provides a comprehensive answer for anyone with the question: 'Why do some Saudis, at least, hate us?'" -- National Review, June 2, 2003

"Gold's lucid, dispassionate, impressively researched narrative debunks much of the conventional wisdom [on Saudi Arabia]" -- Commentary, May 2003 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; Reprint edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895260611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895260611
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Finally! A book that gets past the superficial headlines and quick-fix current events, to explain what really got us in this mess. Hatred's Kingdom uncovers the truth emanating from 300 years of Middle East history, and then chillingly explains where it's all headed. In the process, I got an inside look at an entirely new dimension of the Middle East conflict: the ideological front, where the battle is over civilization and society, not policy. I'm convinced that anyone who reads this detailed story of the Wahhabi-Saudi alliance, backed up by flawless documentation and exhaustive research, will demand that we in the West act immediately to prevent the next legion of Bin Ladens from rising anew. Dr. Gold devastatingly exposes the Saudi role in building the network of terror, which stretches to Saddam Husein's Iraq, that not only brought down the World Trade Centers but stands poised to wreak more destruction. Through this literary adventure, I came to see the Middle East and the world stage in an entirely new light. For my money, there is simply no better currents events book on the market. Get it, and read it immediately.
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Format: Hardcover
I just finished "Hatred's Kingdom" by Dr. Dore Gold, a former Israeli ambassador and a scholar on Islam and, especially, Saudi Arabia. His book documents the connection between Saudi Arabia and terrorism, including the side-by-side translations (Arabic/English) of memos and official documents calling for terrorism against America, Israel, Jews and Christians. Included in the book is the written proof of Saudi financial contributions to terrorists and actual sermons of the top mullahs calling for jihad. This is a chilling book. Saudi Arabia is not a friend and ally of the U.S., as this book proves. Of course, many of us have known this for a long time (duh), but seeing the collected evidence drives it home hard.
Whatever "usefulness" the Saudi's may be in the war against Saddam Hussein, it is superficial at best. Dr. Gold's book proves that the heart of Islamic terrorism beats in Saudi Arabia. I recommend this book to anyone who cares about freedom of religion and freedom from armed zealotry.
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Format: Hardcover
Dore Gold has figured out the source of the new terrorism. It comes from Saudi Arabia. This book is a sweeping history that begins in the 18th century and moves right up to the present tense. It is extremely well-written. Everything is explained here: Saudi Wahhabism, Iraq and Saddam Hussein, the PLO, Israel, Osama bin Laden, as well as al-Qaeda. Thus although this is a book about Saudi Arabia, the reader picks up enormous background about the whole Middle East. I read this book just as America came under an Orange Alert and finally I understand who is standing behind the continuing threat. I agree with the former head of the CIA, James Woolsey, who wrote on the cover of Hatred's Kingdom, if you have to read one book that explains the hatred against America in the Middle East, it is this book. I hope the highest levels of the US government read this book.
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Format: Hardcover
It is interesting in reading reviews of this book, that the very people who call Israel racist apartheid, boastingly admit that Jews cannot get a visa into Saudi Arabia precisely because they are Jews! Whew! And that's not racist?
It's about time people pick up on who is truly racist and apartheid in the Middle East. Israel has an Arab population with Arab representation in the Knesset, while Arab nations are practically "Judenrein": (free of Jews). Nevermind that Medina, one of Saudi Arabia's holiest sites was named Medina (which means nation in Hebrew) and was founded by Jews who were deliberately murdered and fortunate if they were just forced to leave, to run for their lives leaving everything behind.
According to Arab propaganda, the fact that Dore Gold cannot get a visa into Israel because he is a Jew is of no consequence! Does this not clearly demonstrate that Saudi Arabia is precisely "Hatred's Kingdom?" How then did Zionism (the aspirations for the Jews to have a homeland in which all religions are respected and practiced freely, and where Arabs even hold political office) end up being labeled apartheid and racist?
Has the whole world gone crazy? Why isn't this fact being brought up in the media? Why isn't the U.N. condemning Saudi Arabia for discriminating against Jews and Christians?
The aforementioned reviewer as much as admitted that the title of this book is an accurate description. Enough with the turnspeak!
I want to thank the reviewer for substantiating Arab hatred and racism to the readers' attention by gloating that Dore Gold cannot know anything about Saudi Arabia because he "cannot even get a visa into Saudi Arabia because he is a Jew!"
In my book, that is the epitome of racism and apartheid. The world needs to read this book and demand an end to Saudi Arabia's apartheid and racism, directed at Jews, Christians or any other faith except their accepted version of Islam.
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Format: Paperback
Contrary to some of the criticism leveled toward this book, I found this author to be very balanced and fair toward Islam. For example, Gold identifies the aspect of Wahabi theology that justifies jihad toward non-Wahabi Muslims, such as Shi'ites and Sufis. By labeling the latter as 'polytheists', extremist Wahabi groups have justified violence toward these groups as well as desecration of sacred Islamic sites. Gold documents both historic and modern examples of this, such as the intrusion of Wahabi jihadists into the Balkans.

I found it valuable to learn the symbiotic relationship between the Saudi Royal Family and the Wahabi clergy and how the royal family gives the latter power and influence in order to maintain favor. Also, how oil money has funded the export of radical Wahabi ideology and the terrorist activities conducted by the latter. And paradoxically, because of Western dependence on oil, the money came from the very countries the Wahabi ideology holds in contempt!

Sometimes the book is dense and hard to follow but I think every member of government who has a role in international affairs should read it.

Sadly, in reading this and other studies, it becomes apparent that Western democracies ended up supporting many terrorist regimes in their attempt to fight the Cold War. Supporting the 'bad guys' just because they are against one's current enemies is a dangerous and risky strategy indeed and makes us look like hypocrites. Jimmy Carter referred to Khomeini as a 'holy man'. We supported Sadaam Hussein. Look where it got us!
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