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Author Wald, Ellen R. (Ellen Rose), 1981- author.

Title Saudi, Inc. : the Arabian kingdom's pursuit of profit and power / Ellen R. Wald.

Publication Info. New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    338.7665 WAL    Available
Edition First Pegasus Books edition.
Description xvii, 302 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-292) and index.
Contents Prologue: The refugee becomes king -- "A devil of a time" -- The Americans in King ibn Saud's court -- Actual accrued benefit -- An Arabian dawn -- He met his duty -- Putting the house in order -- Wahhabism, women, westerners, and riyals -- "Masters of our own commodity" -- "Nationalization was not the thing at all" -- "Barrels of oil and gigawatts of power" -- Epilogue: For their sons.
Summary "The Saudi royal family and Aramco leadership are, and almost always have been, motivated by ambitions of long-term strength and profit. They use Islamic law, traditional ideology, and harsh justice to maintain stability and their own power, but underneath the thobes and abayas and behind the religious fanaticism and illiberalism lies a most sophisticated and ruthless business enterprise. Today, that corporation is poised to pull off the biggest IPO in history. Over more than a century, fed by ambition and oil wealth, al Saud, as the royal family is known, has come from next to nothing to rule as absolute monarchs, a contrast with the world around them and modernity itself. The story starts with Saudi Arabia's founder, Abdul Aziz, a lowly refugee embarking on a daring gambit to reconquer his family's ancestral home--the mud-walled city of Riyadh. It takes readers almost to present day, when the multinational family business has made al Saud the wealthiest family in the world and on the cusp of a new transformation. Now al Saud and its family business, Aramco, are embarking on their most ambitious move: taking the company public and preparing the country for the next generation." -- Publisher's description
Subject Arabian American Oil Company -- History.
Saudi Aramco -- History.
Petroleum industry and trade -- Saudi Arabia -- History.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia -- Foreign relations -- United States.
ISBN 9781681776606 (hardcover)
168177660X (hardcover)

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