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From award-winning Wall Street Journal reporters Justin Scheck and Bradley Hope (coauthor of Billion Dollar Whale), this revelatory look at the world's most powerful ruling family reveals how a rift within Saudi Arabian royalty produced Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a charismatic leader with a ruthless streak.

Longlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 

Thirty-five-year-old Mohammed bin Salman's sudden rise stunned the world. Political and business leaders such as former UK prime minister Tony Blair and WME Chairman Ari Emanuel flew out to meet with the crown prince and came away convinced that his desire to reform the kingdom was sincere. He spoke passionately about bringing women into the workforce and toning down Saudi Arabia's restrictive Islamic law. He lifted the ban on women driving and explored investments in Silicon Valley. 

But MBS began to betray an erratic interior beneath the polish laid on by scores of consultants and public relations experts like McKinsey & Company. The allegations of his extreme brutality and excess began to slip out, including that he ordered the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. While stamping out dissent by holding 300 people, including prominent members of the Saudi royal family, in the Ritz-Carlton hotel and elsewhere for months, he continued to exhibit his extreme wealth, including buying a $70 million chateau in Europe and one of the world's most expensive yachts. It seemed that he did not understand nor care about how the outside world would react to his displays of autocratic muscle - what mattered was the flex. 

Blood and Oil is a gripping work of investigative journalism about one of the world's most decisive and dangerous new leaders. Hope and Scheck show how MBS' precipitous rise coincided with the fraying of the simple bargain that had been at the head of US-Saudi relations for more than 80 years: oil, for military protection. Caught in his net are well-known US bankers, Hollywood figures, and politicians, all eager to help the charming and crafty crown prince.

The Middle East is already a volatile region. Add to the mix an ambitious prince with extraordinary powers, hunger for lucre, a tight relationship with the White House through President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, and an apparent willingness to break anything - and anyone - that gets in the way of his vision, and the stakes of his rise are bracing. If his bid fails, Saudi Arabia has the potential to become an unstable failed state and a magnet for Islamic extremists. And if his bid to transform his country succeeds, even in part, it will have reverberations around the world.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck (P)2020 Hachette Books

Ce que les critiques en disent

"This is as close to the truth, to the real story of the corruption, vulgarities, horrors, and lies of the Kingdom and its current despot as we are likely to get. It also can be read as a Shakespearean story of utter greed." (Seymour Hersh, author of Chain of Command)

"Hope and Scheck confront us with the conundrum of a young man who is doing good by his Kingdom - brilliantly describing how the enigmatic Crown Prince is bringing progress to Arabia as we would see it in the West - while operating with ruthlessness and absolutism that make the stomach curl. Blood and Oil is compelling reading. We are challenged and enthralled on every page." (Robert Lacey, best-selling author of The Crown and Inside the Kingdom)

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  • Susie Takach Seligman
  • 2020-09-10

Nothing New Here

Nothing new in this book if one has been following MBS rise to power. A very difficult book to listen to in part because the reader affects all kinds of accents that seem egoistic and interruptive of a very detailed reading. This book would be much better read by owner. Many complicated Arab relationships and names. It would have been easier to see the names written or to write them making notes as to who was related or connected with whom. The reader also had the most annoying habit of hissing his s’s after every sentence or letting his sentences drawl on softly rather than ending a sentence at the period. All in all a tiresome boring listen.

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  • Paul
  • 2020-09-01

E X C E L L E N T

First review. Another tour de force from co-author Bradley Hope (co-author of Billion Dollar Whale - a must read/listen). The two authors (and the narrator) did a fantastic job on this book (and audio book)

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  • HIE Pella
  • 2020-11-15

an epic joy

I listened @ 1.7 speed and spread it over a couple flights, midwest to west coast. loved, loved it.

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  • Greb
  • 2020-11-14

Phenomenal

Not one dull moment. Very well-written and narrated. I’m hoping to find another book that comes even close to this. Great job.

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  • J.Michael Campbell
  • 2020-11-14

character study by open source intel of events

a chronology of the past several years of MBS's role in reshaping the kingdom. it manages to paint a portrait of the person without being overly biased by his positive role as a much needed reformer or the at times capricious at times cutthroat methods he brings to the table to accomplish these massive changes within such a compressed period of time.

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  • J Ashley Vogler
  • 2020-10-20

MBS=Naive, Weak, and Impulsive

MBS is the most dangerous (not powerful) despot in the world. His decisions will one day lead the world into another World War...or at least a great regional war.

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  • Mohamed Ali
  • 2020-09-26

Great book

And the narrator is awesome! It enlightens you about MBS. Chances are he will end up like the Shah.

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  • Daniel
  • 2020-09-22

Captivating and intriguing read

Very interesting book if you would like to understand more about Saudi Arabia and the country’s rapid change since 2015. MBS has achieved more during his time in power than many before him. Instituting and leading that change isn’t easy.

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  • O. Saleh
  • 2020-09-20

Mind blowing! And a great narrator!

This is an amazing book that Chronicles the rise of Muhammad bin Salman. It reads like a novel and uncovers so many details that are not available to the public. The narrator is excellent as he accurately pronounces Arabic, French and other names. Highly recommended!

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  • H. Hoty
  • 2020-09-17

Nice to read

The author had good points but I thought when it came to Qatar he was biased. It’s a nice entertainment book nothing like the kingdom by Robert Lacy.