The Rise, Corruption and Coming Fall of the House of Saud

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St. Martin's Griffin, 1996 - Political Science - 328 pages
In 1982, Saudi Arabia had a budget surplus of $140 billion. By 1997, it is expected to have a deficit of over $100 billion. How did one of the richest nations in the world suddenly become so poor? What will happen if the Saudi government collapses? What are the prospects of an anti-Western Islamic revolution? What does this mean to the countries - especially the United States - that are dependent on the continuous flow of inexpensive Saudi oil? Said Aburish, a renowned author and journalist, provides disturbing answers to these and many other questions. He shows how the Saudi government, unable to pay off its opponents, will become crippled, grow radically unpopular and fall into turmoil. The outcome will be a huge increase in the price of oil, a Muslim-West confrontation and the possibility of a full-scale war.

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A long, bitter indictment of Riyadh, whose royal denizens are charged with greed, self-interest, and incompetence. ``Like a rotting carcass, the House of Saud is beginning to decompose,'' writes ... Read full review

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I read this as Saudi Arabia is a country I am unlikely to ever visit, and because of the western dependence on oil it is a country we ought to know much more about. The close relationship between the Bush family (and therefore US Government) and the House of Saud affects us all. Read full review

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