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Ibn Saud

The Desert Warrior Who Created the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Barbara Bray, Michael Darlow

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The true and fascinating origin story of Saudia Arabia.

Ibn Saud grew to manhood living the harsh traditional life of the desert nomad, a life that had changed little since the days of Abraham. Equipped with immense physical courage, he fought and won—often with weapons and tactics not unlike those employed by the ancient Assyrians—a series of astonishing military victories over a succession of enemies much more powerful than himself. Over the same period, he transformed himself from a minor sheikh into a revered king and elder statesman, courted by world leaders such as Churchill and Roosevelt. A passionate lover of women, Ibn Saud took many wives, had numerous concubines, and fathered almost one hundred children. Yet he remained an unswerving and devout Muslim, described by one who knew him well at the time of his death in 1953 as “probably the greatest Arab since the Prophet Muhammad.”

Saudi Arabia, the country Ibn Saud created, is a staunch ally of the West, but it is also the birthplace of Osama bin Laden and fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers. Saud’s kingdom, as it now stands, has survived the vicissitudes of time and become an invaluable player on the world’s political stage.

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Praise For Ibn Saud: The Desert Warrior Who Created the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

“All in all a successful narrative, though overlong on military exploits and personal vignettes and short on analysis of the massive changes in Arabian society."— Publishers Weekly

“Darlow and Bray convey the essence of the man as well as the stark, unforgiving landscape that he mastered while forging a nation.” —Booklist

“An entertainingly exhaustive, though imperfect, biography of an inscrutable monarch.” —Kirkus Reviews

“All in all a successful narrative, though overlong on military exploits and personal vignettes and short on analysis of the massive changes in Arabian society."— Publishers Weekly

“Darlow and Bray convey the essence of the man as well as the stark, unforgiving landscape that he mastered while forging a nation.” —Booklist

“An entertainingly exhaustive, though imperfect, biography of an inscrutable monarch.” —Kirkus Reviews

Skyhorse, 9781634502672, 616pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 2015



About the Author

Barbara Bray has twice won the Scott Moncrief Prize for her translations, as well as the French-American Foundation Prize. She has collaborated with Harold Pinter and Joseph Losey on a film adaptation of Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu. She passed away in 2010.

Michael Darlow is a writer and award-winning TV producer and director. In the 1970s he made a documentary film for the Sultan of Oman and wrote a book with Richard Fawkes, The Last Corner of Arabia. His award-winning TV programs include The World at War—Genocide, Auschwitz: The Final Solution, Crime and Punishment, Little Eyolf, and The Winslow Boy. He is a fellow of the Royal Television Society and was awarded its Silver Medal in 2000. He lives in England.