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The rise, corruption, and coming fall of the House of Saud

Author: Saïd K Aburish
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st St. Martin's edView all editions and formats
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In 1982, Saudi Arabia had a budget surplus of $140 billion. By 1997, it is expected to have a deficit of over $100 billion. How did one of the richest nations in the world suddenly become so poor? What will happen if the Saudi government collapses? What are the prospects of an anti-Western Islamic revolution? What does this mean to the countries - especially the United States - that are dependent on the continuous  Read more...
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Named Person: House of Āl Saʻūd
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Saïd K Aburish
ISBN: 0312125410 9780312125417
OCLC Number: 32166894
Notes: "First published in Great Britain by Bloomsbury Publishing Limited, 1994"--T.p. verso.
Description: x, 328 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Other Titles: House of Saud
Responsibility: Saïd K. Aburish.

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In 1982, Saudi Arabia had a budget surplus of $140 billion. By 1997, it is expected to have a deficit of over $100 billion. How did one of the richest nations in the world suddenly become so poor? What will happen if the Saudi government collapses? What are the prospects of an anti-Western Islamic revolution? What does this mean to the countries - especially the United States - that are dependent on the continuous flow of inexpensive Saudi oil? Said Aburish, a renowned author and journalist, provides disturbing answers to these and many other questions. He shows how the Saudi government, unable to pay off its opponents, will become crippled, grow radically unpopular and fall into turmoil. The outcome will be a huge increase in the price of oil, a Muslim-West confrontation and the possibility of a full-scale war. Examining the diverse pressures threatening to destroy the Saudi dynasty, Aburish brings into sharp focus one of the most explosive and yet most neglected problems of our time.

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