include afterword added post-9/11. Initial book written in 1987, with paperback edition coming out with some additions to foreword and afterword, however the strength of the book really is in explaining how the House of Saud evolved into what basically we see today. Well-written and quite a pleasure to read.
Sandra Mackey is an excellent writer - no dry history or political study, but details of everyday life and values of Saudia Arabians we might meet and those we will probably never meet, with a culture and its beliefs very foreign to North Americans. Mackey has written several books on Middle Eastern countries and cultures.