Secrets of the Kingdom: The Inside Story of the Saudi-U.S. Connection
A comprehensive probe of Saudi Arabia and evidence that at times it is both ally and foe
In Secrets of the Kingdom Posner exposes the undeniable truth about U.S.-Saudi relations–and how the Saudis' influence on American business and politics poses a grave threat to our security. The result of an intensive two-year investigation, Secrets of the Kingdom penetrates the innermost layers of the shielded House of Saud and presents indisputable evidence of complicity and deceit at the highest levels–evidence that the 9/11 Commission, either deliberately or negligently, ignored.
Using bank records and other previously undisclosed information, Posner unearths many disturbing truths and shattering revelations about the ties that bind the Saudi and U.S. governments, including how in the days after 9/11 U.S. intelligence and law enforcement gave preferential treatment to prominent Saudis living in the United States, including members of the bin Laden family; a close connection between a powerful member of the House of Saud and one of the highest ranking al-Qaeda operatives captured by the United States; how the Saudi government has turned a blind eye to the role Saudi charities in bankrolling al-Qaeda and Islamic terror groups; and never-before-revealed Saudi and U.S. emergency plans in the event of a national crisis in the Kingdom, plans that could affect the security of the United States and the entire Middle East.
Secrets of the Kingdom is an explosive study that provides a disturbing picture of how two nations, despite their differing agendas, have become inextricably entwined.
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- Los Angeles Times
The dust jacket of Gerald Posner's Secrets of the Kingdom calls it an "explosive study" of Saudi Arabia. In 14 of its 15 chapters that's not true, but in chapter 10 it is -- literally.
- Washington Post
As Mr. Posner argues, concisely and forcefully, the thirst for Saudi oil and the greed of American companies eager to do business with Saudi Arabia have driven the United States into an unseemly alliance with a corrupt ruling family whose chief export, besides oil, is the fanatical brand of Islam that led to the 9/11 attacks.
- New York Times
He makes a convincing case that dependence on foreign oil led the United States to rely
heavily on a nation that simply can't be trusted.
- The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)