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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (151 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Lacey Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Kingdom is the story of a country - a country of astonishing contrasts, where routine computer printouts open with the words In the name of God, where men who grew up in goat-hair tents now dominate the money markets of the world, and where murderers and adulterers are publicly executed in the street. By its own reckoning, this country is just entering the 15th century.

The Kingdom is also the story of a family - a family that has fought its way from poverty and obscurity into wealth and power the likes of which the world has never known, a family characterized by fierce loyalty among its members, ruthlessness toward its enemies, and dedication to one of the world's most severe and demanding creeds.

The Kingdom is Saudi Arabia - the only country in the world to bear the name of the family that rules it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Saudi Arabia, Robert Lacey had the kind of access most journalists only dream of.”

    David Brancaccio

  • “Frederick Davidson’s well-paced, crisp, and forthright reading commands the listener’s attention.”


  • “[Lacey’s] grasp of Saudi thinking and purposes is most intensely felt in the final, 1973-and-after, section—where he is able to make sympathetically intelligible, even inescapable, everything from the oil boycott to the Saudis’ nonconservation of their one valuable resource, from their tolerance of internal dissidence to their outrage at the TV-film Death of a Princess.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Britta | 1/4/2014

    " This is one of those books I picked up free at the Annual Library book sale. Not something I would have normally been interested in on it's own, but I am very glad I read it and found that it was actually quite fascinating. The Saud family could fit into an episode of Dynasty. Each figurehead full of contradictions and yet noble intent. The building of the Kingdom is like a fairy tale romance coupled with the cruel reality of bloodshed. Definitely worth reading. It made me realize how truly ignorant we are here in the West about the Middle East. How can ever condescend to "help" these people when we don't have clue about their history, customs of belief systems. This book gave me a deeper understanding of the world at large and I'm glad I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Conner | 1/3/2014

    " a "must read" book for anyone hoping to understand Saudi Arabia better and how it cam to be what it is today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karl Kenny | 12/18/2013

    " An excellent history of modern Saudi Arabia "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann | 7/27/2013

    " History of the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Fascinating and well written. "

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