King Faisal of Saudi Arabia: Personality, Faith and Times (New edition)
By: Alexei Vassiliev (author)Paperback
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In 1964 Faisal bin Abdul Aziz became king of a country holding a quarter of the world's oil reserves, also home to Mecca and Medina. He was called 'the most powerful Arab ruler in centuries'. Eleven years later, in front of television cameras, his nephew shot him at point-blank range. In this authoritative biography, Alexei Vassiliev tells the story of a pious, cautious and resolute leader who steered Saudi Arabia through a minefield of domestic problems, inter-Arab relations and the decline of Soviet influence in the Middle East. King Faisal maintained ties with both Egypt and the United States through two Arab-Israeli wars and the 1973 Arab oil embargo, which revolutionized the world energy market. Throughout, he staked high hopes on cooperation with the US, a relationship that is still vital to both countries' interests. Exhaustively researched and including original documents and interviews in Arabic, Russian and English, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia: Personality, Faith and Times offers a unique perspective of this seminal figure and is key to understanding the Arab world today.
Alexei Vassiliev is Honorary President of the Institute for African Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). He is the author of over thirty books, including the critically acclaimed The History of Saudi Arabia, winner of the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award, Central Asia: Political and Economic Challenges in Post-Soviet Era (both by Saqi Books), and Russian Policy in the Middle East: From Messianism to Pragmatism.
Contents; Preface; Chapter one: The Delicate Youth on a Fiery Horse; Chapter two: The Father; Chapter three: An Adolescent Discovers the Big, Big World; Chapter four: From Youngster to Statesman; Chapter five: Viceroy of Hijaz, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Military Commander; Chapter six: Oil and Gold; Chapter seven: Faisal and Iffat, Iffat and Faisal; Chapter eight: World War II and the Discovery of America; Chapter nine: The Autumn and Winter of the Patriarch; Chapter ten: My Brother, My King, My Sorrow; Chapter eleven: The Pendulum: Premiership to Dismissal to Deputy Premiership; Chapter twelve: To Be or Not to Be; Chapter thirteen: The Road to the Throne - Without Bloodshed; Chapter fourteen: King at Last; Chapter fifteen: Nasser and the Yemen Trap; Chapter sixteen: The Six-Day War; Chapter seventeen: Two Yemens: A Headache, but No Threat; Chapter eighteen: Political Realities, Old and New; Chapter nineteen: Al-Aqsa Ablaze; Chapter twenty: Taming Aramco; Chapter twenty-one: Death of Nasser, Rise of Sadat; Chapter twenty-two: The Year 1973: Five to Twelve; Chapter twenty-three: The 1973 War; Chapter twenty-four: 1973: The Embargo; Chapter twenty-five: "The Mightiest of Arab Rulers"; chapter twenty-six: Poitiers, American-Style? Chapter twenty-seven: A New Relationship with the US; Chapter twenty-eight: Financial Might: Beyond the Possible; Chapter twenty-nine: Storm of Change: the King Is Assassinated; Epilogue; Endnotes; Bibliography
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