7.07.2005

Inside the Kingdom



Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia by Carmen bin Ladin

I found this a truly fascinating read.

This book deals extraordinarily little with Osama or network of terrorism, and instead is more a "peek behind the veil" of life in Saudi Arabia from a woman who was not a native and instead married into one of the most powerful families there. Carmen is straightfoward and honest, and her story shed a lot of light on women and culture in the Middle East.

I highly recommend this read to anyone who like the "married to the mob" genre, wants to know more about the Saudi culture, or just likes a great biography.

Note: I listened to the audio version, narrated by Shohreh Aghdashloo (the mother from this past season of 24). I fell in love with her voice, and thought her narration really added to my enjoyment of the story.

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