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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 Hatreds 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 Golds 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 ones opinion of Golds 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.
Great job, well documented and written. Everyone who is interested in tracing the origin of Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism must read this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bashar Elsbei
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A very thorough look at the history and origin of religious extremism in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia's use of it to further their political agenda. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Norbert
Excellent book giving insight into historical background about IS. ( They are the worst humans in the world).Published 9 months ago by Gary Kozak
Thoughtful, well written and unfortunately very troubling in its implications. Despite the fact that the book was written shortly after 9/11 it is still timely and applicable. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Maturity
This is great and import history about Saudi Arabia. It points to the necessity to do something about this nation's support of terrorism. Well written, complete, well documented.Published 21 months ago by Jack Randolph Smith
know your enemy and understand where they are coming from. this book was extremely informative and well written, giving an historic background to the islamists and their war on... Read morePublished on July 14, 2013 by sharon hoffman