By Barbara Bray, Michael Darlow
Ibn Saud grew to manhood dwelling the tough conventional lifetime of the barren region nomad, a lifestyles that had replaced little because the days of Abraham. built with monstrous actual braveness, he fought and gained, frequently with guns and strategies now not in contrast to these hired through the traditional Assyrians, a sequence of incredible army victories over a succession of enemies even more robust than himself. Over an identical interval, he remodeled himself from a minor sheikh right into a respected king and elder statesman, courted by means of global leaders equivalent to Churchill and Roosevelt. A passionate lover of ladies, Ibn Saud took many better halves, had various concubines, and fathered nearly 100 childrens. but he remained an loyal and religious Muslim, defined via person who knew him good on the time of his dying in 1953 as “probably the best Arab because the Prophet Muhammad.” Saudi Arabia, the rustic Ibn Saud created, is a staunch best friend of the West, however it can be the birthplace of Osama bin encumbered and fifteen of the 19 11th of September hijackers. Saud’s country, because it now stands, has survived the vicissitudes of time and turn into a useful participant at the world’s political level.
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Ibn Saud: The Desert Warrior Who Created the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by Barbara Bray, Michael Darlow