On Saudi Arabia

Pulitzer Prize winner Karen Elliott House has spent three decades pondering the enigma that is Saudi Arabia. The paradoxes of a modern oil-producing nation still mired in many medievalisms, and the global impact of that curious blend of old and new attitudes, provoke insightful analysis of a country that is both an American ally and source of Islamist terrorism.

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