Beginning in 1937, when a young Minnesota-born mining engineer by the name of Thomas Barger first arrived in Arabia, that country has been somewhat of a mystery to America. Fouad Ajami presents a firsthand look at the political culture in Saudi Arabia and its conduct and influence in foreign lands, from the early 1990s to the present day. From the influence of Islam in public life to Saudi rulers' attitudes toward the Bush and Obama administrations, the author fills a significant gap in our understanding of that country.

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