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Author: Jean P. Sasson
PRINCES: A TRUE STORY OF LIFE BEHIND THE VEIL IN SAUDI ARABIA describes the life of Princess Sultana Al Sa'ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband, and her country. — Sultana tells of appalling oppressions, everyday occurrences that in any other cult...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780688116750
ISBN-10: 0688116752
Publication Date: 9/1992
Pages: 288
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 55 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow Co
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 4
I truly feel as if I've been given a fair and accurate look into the Saudi Arabian recent past, as described through a female member of the royalty. This book portrays a timeline from the 70's - 90's and heavily describes day to day life for women, both privledged and not. There is plenty of bad, mixed with good and hope.
Erinyes avatar reviewed Princess on + 279 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I was completely engrossed by this book. It is riveting. I could not believe how things really were over there. It is a must read if you are at all interested in the middle east or how women are treated.
reviewed Princess on + 35 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Very interesting, I couldn't put it down.
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Helpful Score: 2
Fascinating memoir of a Saudi Arabian princess (her grandfather was the first king of the nation and the line has continued since), focusing on the harsh gender inequality that reaches all levels of society in that country. The book was written in the early 1990's so I'm curious as to what has happened to her since then?
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Helpful Score: 1
Anyone with the slightest interest in human rights will find this book heart wrenching. It is a well-written personal story that compels the reader to awareness of human rights violations in Saudi Arabia and of the true role designated to women by men, even in wealthy families, in that country. The issues addressed by this admirably couragious woman will stay with the reader long after the story is finished.
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VintageNana avatar reviewed Princess on + 28 more book reviews
The book was interesting regarding the treatment of women in Saudi Arabia. The copyright is 1992 so it somewhat out of date. The story of women/human rights or rather lack of them is disturbing. To be born a girl in Saudi Arabia is to be nothing, a non-person. Your quality of life, your very life is in the hands of your father, husband, son, and country. No one deserves to be treated like this.
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Wow, this book (the first of a trilogy) takes a look at life in Saudi Arabia and its treatment of women. Some of the content is heartbreaking, but Princess Sultana is a strong woman, not willing to be defined by her culture. Definitely worth the read!
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Wow, what an interesting book. I loved it.


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