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On Saudi Arabia

by- Karen Elliott House


A fascinating description of a country fraught with contradictions can be found in On Saudi Arabia (2012). While Saudi Arabia is immensely rich, it is full of people who live in severe poverty. And although on the road to becoming one of the most influential countries in the world, it has an education system with execrable rankings. Furthermore, you can see a liberal dose of religious fanaticism and a complex royal family in the nation and understand why Saudi Arabia has been struggling with itself.

Karen Elliott House has spent much of her past 35 years visiting Saudi Arabia. A Pulitzer Prize-winning author, she took up reporting for the Wall Street Journal after studying journalism at the University of Texas.
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