The House of Saud; The Kingdom

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The House of Saud

By David Holden and Richard Johns
Holt, Rhinehart and Winston, 1982
569 pp. $19.95

The Kingdom

By Robert Lacey
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982
656 pp. $19.95

Two popular works telling the increasingly familiar story of the exploits of Ibn Saud, the coming of ARAMCO and oil wealth, and the cautious assumption by Riyadh of a key role in Middle East and world affairs. Holden and Johns, British journalists, have produced the more solid work although it is overladen with detail. Lacey is primarily a storyteller. His book is easy to read and awash with local color and anecdotes, mainly about the innumerable royal princes.

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