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This is an intimate insight from the heart of the secret kingdom. This is a thoughtful, incisive portrait of a fractured nation whose many faces include those of Islamic fundamentalist and American ally. Saudi Arabia: land of oil, terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism - and a crucial American ally. At a time in which the consequences of America's previous actions in the Middle Eastern theatre are coming back to haunt t only the US but the whole world, John R. Bradley provides unparalleled insight from the heart of the secretive Islamic kingdom's urban centres to its most mountaius terrain, revealing regional, religious and tribal rivalries. A new chapter sheds light on: the new king and conflicts to come; why Saudi Arabia is the source of many insurgents and suicide bombers in Iraq; the troubling effects of high oil prices on Saudi society; and a startling look at the present Saudi predicament and a troubling view of the future.
John R. Bradley worked as a journalist in Saudi Arabia for more than two years. He has appeared on Fox News, NPR, BBC, CNN, CBS and USA Network. He has written for The New Republic and The Washington Times.