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Secrets of the Kingdom: The Inside Story of the Saudi-U.S. Connection Paperback – October 17, 2006
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Praise for Why America Slept: The Failure to Prevent 9/11
“Smart and evocatively written . . . a narrative that takes on the frenetic pace of a spy thriller.”
–The New York Times Book Review
“A godsend . . . Posner has done an amazing job . . . laying out a complicated situation through dramatic narrative.”
–St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“An explosive scoop . . . No question, 9/11 could and should have been prevented.”
“Riveting and disquieting.”
–The New York Times
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About the Author
GERALD POSNER is the award-winning author of nine books, including Why America Slept: The Failure to Prevent 9/11 and Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK. A frequent commentator on television talk and news shows, Posner has also written for many publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and U.S. News & World Report. He lives in Miami Beach and New York City with his wife, the author Trisha Posner.
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I heard the author discuss this book on CSPAN and got the feeling that he was careful to state things in an unbiased manner. I have no way of knowing if, or how much, this book may be biased. But even if there is "an other hand", it would be hard to find an ofsetting justification for some of the duplicity, excesses and abuses described.
It is true that this book is basically a history of the Saudi Kingdom. However, its central focus appears to be a plan to protect their oil from takeover by other entities. The author leaves us to make up our own minds: Is the plan too far fetched to be believed, or is it so far fetched that we must believe it?
Also, the reader of this audio book is really good at pronouncing names.
The House of Saud has manipulated both major political parties. Many of our former diplomatic professionals and academics obtain lucrative employment with Saudi funded groups. They do little to risk upsetting their employers. From a de facto perspective---these Americans are often more loyal to the Saudis then they are to their own country. This sad predicament has left us essentially ignorant concerning what is actually going in the Kingdom. Which of the Saudi princes are in charge? Is it the secular moderate faction or those inclined towards Whabbism? At best, we may only be able to take an educated guess. Gerald Posner adds a few more pieces to the puzzle. This alone makes Secrets of the Kingdom worth reading.
It's not just another country tied to an extreme religion, with leaders who don't follow what they preach; it is a self-made kingdom one established only since the early 1930's, by one tribe that has not fully invested in all of their citizens.