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King Faisal of Saudi Arabia: Personality, Faith and Times Hardcover – August 6, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0863566899 ISBN-10: 0863566898 Edition: First Edition
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'A masterpiece of scholarship - brings to life the legacy of one of Saudi Arabia's most interesting and also influential figures. This book, clearly a result of years of research and reflection, is the most comprehensive and accomplished account of King Faisal's upbringing, his youth, and reign.' Professor Anoush Ehteshami, Durham University " - detailed and fascinating biography - the story(Vassiliev) tells is a remarkable one. Faisal was an authoritarian ruler who stamped out opposition, and Western diplomats often found him cantankerous. Still, if his father created Saudi Arabia within its current borders, it was Faisal who knitted it together, using oil wealth to turn a backward desert society into a modern state and an actor on the world stage." The Economist

About the Author

Alexei Vassiliev is a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and Director of the Institute for African Studies (RAS). He is the author of over thirty books, including Russian Policy in the Middle East: from Messianism to Pragmatism, the critically acclaimed The History of Saudi Arabia, winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award, and Central Asia: Political and Economic Challenges in Post-Soviet Era (both by Saqi Books).

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Saqi Books; First Edition edition (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863566898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863566899
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.6 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent Reading. One of the greatest kings that ever lived. The information is enticing and like the author states himself, he tried to make everything exact as he could.

I recommend purchasing this book for your own library and research. I myself wish King Faisal was amongst us today.

You won't be disappointed with the literature.
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