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Author Ottaway, David
Title The king's messenger : Prince Bandar bin Sultan and America's tangled relationship with Saudi Arabia / David B. Ottaway
Imprint New York : Walker & Company, 2008

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Edition 1st U.S. ed
Descript xiv, 321 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Contents Oil, arms, and Allah -- Making of the messenger -- Return of the messenger -- "You came a long way" -- "Trust but verify" -- "Going all the way" -- Strategic asset or strategic liability -- Midlife crisis -- "You go your way, I go my way" -- "Everybody has a price" -- Wahhabi Islam at home and abroad -- The hunt for Wahhabis in America -- "Just say no" -- The search for new allies -- End of the special relationship -- The new strategic dialogue
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. [305]-310) and index
Summary The story of the last thirty years in the complex relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia centers around its principal actor: Prince Bandar, the controversial longtime Saudi ambassador. These two very different societies have been bound together since 1945 by vital national security interests, based on a simple quid pro quo: Saudi oil at reasonable prices in return for U.S. protection of the House of Saud from foreign foes. However, the balance of the relationship has been fractured by recent events. Not since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran has the House of Saud felt itself in such peril, and the Saudis have not forgotten the inability, or unwillingness, of the United States to save the Shah. Prince Bandar is the first Saudi royal to serve as ambassador to Washington, and journalist Ottaway's frequent access to the prince has allowed him unparalleled insight into the complex geopolitics that govern Saudi Arabia's long dance with the United States.--From publisher description
Subject Bin Sultan, Bandar, Prince
Ambassadors -- Saudi Arabia -- Biography
Saudi Arabia -- Foreign relations -- United States
United States -- Foreign relations -- Saudi Arabia
ISBN/ISSN 9780802716903 (hardcover)
0802716903 (hardcover)


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