I have been in Saudi Arabia for half a day and all I know so far is that it is awful to drive in Riyadh, especially without GPS or ability to read Arabic. Getting lost of hours on the roads is one way to see the city.
Oh, and I forget to bring my baby that doesn’t exist because my visa, in Arabic, somehow claimed that I was bringing a baby.
Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia by Robert Lacey is my pick this week. I confess I have not read it, only heard a radio interview with him at time of publication. Readers, if there is a better option on contemporary Saudi Arabai, let me know.
Please leave a Saudi Arabia-related comment with valid email address by Monday, May 27 at 23:59 EDT. I realize this is a country that provokes strong reactions, please keep comment cogent and civil. Available to US addresses only. One winner will be selected at random. Note that this book is out of print so the winner will receive a second-hand copy.
And the winner is #3, Mark Jackson, who wrote: “ARAMCO compounds are nuts!”