Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism - Dore Gold
In the global search for culprits and causes in the rise of terrorism, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Dore Gold shines a spotlight on a nation...... more
In the global search for culprits and causes in the rise of terrorism, former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Dore Gold shines a spotlight on a nation many think of as a close ally of the United States: Saudi Arabia. As he explains in Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism, Gold believes that the Saudi government is greatly influenced by the Islamist sect known as Wahhabism and, he explains, that influence has lead to Saudi support of terrorism in the Middle East, Europe, the United States and around the world. The historical portion of Gold's argument, where he traces the emergence of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab and the changing face of Saudi leadership, is admirably extensive and detailed. His modern research is a little more uneven, relying on statements by various Muslim clergy members, letters to the editors of newspapers, opinion pieces, and other evidence that is rarely damnable. Curiously, mentions of Israel and the long-standing Arab-Israeli conflict are much more infrequent than one would expect from an Israeli diplomat and scholar. But regardless of one's opinion of Gold's research or his alarming conclusions, the book offers something not often found in modern political nonfiction: a coherent structure, exhaustive research and a clear and consistent perspective on the ongoing threat of terrorism. --John Moe, Amazon.com
The road from ex-minister to ex-con may have only taken five years, but for Jonathan Aitken it was a Damascene experience. The high-flying, debonair Tory Member...... more
The road from ex-minister to ex-con may have only taken five years, but for Jonathan Aitken it was a Damascene experience. The high-flying, debonair Tory Member of Parliament, tipped for glory in a rapidly disintegrating party, lied under oath during a libel case against The Guardian newspaper over accusations of corruption, pimping and arms dealing with Saudi princes, and most ignobly, got his daughter Victoria to sign a false witness statement. His very public demise and humiliation should be enough to arouse sympathy from the hardest heart, but what led a man of his privilege and ability into such an unedifying moral mess is harder to fathom. His writing is determinedly articulate and fluid, despite a guarded tone that renders the political memoirs solid but unspectacular, beyond sharp words for Michael Heseltine and entertaining vignettes of Margaret Thatcher's extraordinary rampaging ego. He relates at length his experiences of the Middle East, his political successes and family affairs (including the discovery of a daughter he had never known about), but understandably the majority of the book is given over to the legal and factual wrangling that preceded his prison stretch, in which he maintains an uneasy stance of belligerence and hand-wringing. The binding agent throughout is his redemptive religious zealousness, which seems sincere, but on occasion cloyingly sticks in the throat with its insistence. Aitken the man, like Aitken the politician, seems perpetually in need of an audience and approval, be it from family and colleagues when rehearsing speeches, or from Him Upstairs. For the moment he has retreated into himself, and while this intriguingly uneven account may not close that particular chapter, it prepares the way for the next in what has become an unenviably eventful life. --David Vincent
Advantages: Lots of up to date news and gossip Disadvantages: A lot of advertising
...Like them or loath the tabloid press are now part of the British culture and they here to stay.
According to my dictionary a tabloid is a newspaper with pages about half the size of a standard (broadsheet) newspaper, especially one that has relatively short and condensed articles and a large proportion of pictorial matter. However in more recent years the word tabloid has become synonymous...
Advantages: Quite revealing Disadvantages: Quite badly written
...Many years ago I received a very unexpected marriage proposal from a man I'd met just a couple of hours earlier. I was attending an academic dinner arranged by a friend who thought I deserved a night off from studying and invited me along to make up numbers. My unexpected admirer was an outrageously handsome Saudi Arabian working for an international oil company. Did I flirt? I might have done...
Advantages: Saudi chick lit with a difference Disadvantages: I can't read Arabic.
...A clique of four college-age women are keen on finding Mr Right, they do get to know men, some are right or at least seem to be, some are so-so, some are as wrong as can be.
So far, so uninteresting, the topic has been dealt with ad nauseam, however, what makes this novel outstanding, sensational even, is the fact that it is set in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, the most Islamic of all...