Title Kings and Presidents
Subtitle Saudi Arabia and the United States since FDR
Author Bruce Riedel
ISBN 9780815731375
List price USD 25.99
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 272
Book size 159 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2017
Original publisher Brookings Institution Press
Published in India by Brookings Institution Press
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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Reviews:

“Political histories are often a snooze, but Riedel is a lively, opinionated writer whose sympathy with his subjects’ viewpoints will enlighten most readers.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Few if any Americans have the depth of experience of Bruce Riedel in dealing with the volatile neighborhood inhabited by Saudi Arabia. In this excellent new book, Riedel tells the history of US-Saudi ties through the interactions of Saudi kings and American presidents. He leavens the narrative with charming anecdotes, from the movie Ibn Saud saw en route to his meeting with Franklin Roosevelt, to the ‘Dr. No’-style aquarium in the palace of King Abdullah. A must-read for both scholars and the general public, the book raises all the necessary questions about the future of the Kingdom and its complicated alliance with the United States.”

Barbara Slavin, Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council and author, Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the US and the Twisted Path to Confrontation

Description:

An insider’s account of the often-fraught U.S.-Saudi relationship

Saudi Arabia and the United States have been partners since 1943, when President Roosevelt met with two future Saudi monarchs. Subsequent U.S. presidents have had direct relationships with those kings and their successors—setting the tone for a special partnership between an absolute monarchy with a unique Islamic identity and the world’s most powerful democracy.

Although based in large part on economic interests, the U.S.-Saudi relationship has rarely been smooth. Differences over Israel have caused friction since the early days, and ambiguities about Saudi involvement—or lack of it—in the September 11 terrorist attacks against the United States continue to haunt the relationship. Now, both countries have new, still-to be-tested leaders in President Trump and King Salman.

Bruce Riedel for decades has followed these kings and presidents during his career at the CIA, the White House, and Brookings. This book offers an insider’s account of the U.S.-Saudi relationship, with unique insights. Using declassified documents, memoirs by both Saudis and Americans, and eyewitness accounts, this book takes the reader inside the royal palaces, the holy cities, and the White House to gain an understanding of this complex partnership.

Contents:

Prologue

Chapter 1: FDR and Ibn Saud, 1744 to 1953

Chapter 2: Faisal, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, 1953 to 1975

Chapter 3: Khalid and Carter, 1975 to 1982

Chapter 4: Fahd, Reagan, and Bush, 1982 to 1992

Chapter 5: Abdallah, Clinton, and Bush, 1993 to 2008

Chapter 6: Obama and Trump, Abdallah and Salman, 2009 to 2017

Chapter 7: Whither Saudi Arabia

APPENDIX: The Official Record on Saudi Arabia and 9/11

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

About the Author:

Bruce Riedel joined Brookings in 2006 after 30 years service at the Central Intelligence Agency including postings overseas in the Middle East and Europe. Riedel was a senior advisor on South Asia and the Middle East to the last four presidents of the United States in the staff of the National Security Council at the White House.

Target Audience:

People interested in Political Science.

 

 
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