John R. Bradley's New Book 'Best on Saudi Arabia in Decades': Critics

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A controversial new title by John R. Bradley, Saudi Arabia Exposed: Inside a Kingdom in Crisis, is hailed by reviewers as "the best book on the country in decades."

For readers interested in the social forces at work in the country, including terrorism, Bradley provides perceptive access to current trends.

A controversial new book by widely published Middle East correspondent John R. Bradley, "Saudi Arabia Exposed: Inside a Kingdom in Crisis," is being hailed by critics as “the best book on the country in decades,” according to a prominent Knight Ridder columnist.

Bill Tammeus also personally recommends the title in his latest syndicated column.

"Saudi Arabia Exposed" has already been praised by The New York Times as “highly insightful,” by Newsweek as “remarkable,” and by the Los Angeles Times as contributing “significantly to the debate” because of Mr. Bradley's “unique vantage.”

Library Journal wrote in its review of "Saudi Arabia Exposed" that the book is "recommended as popular background reading on a country much in the news."

And Booklist added: "For readers interested in the social forces at work in the country, including terrorism, Bradley provides perceptive access to current trends."

The book was withdrawn from UK publication by the publisher at the last minute, according to the Newsweek review, which cited the UK's harsh libel laws as the reason. Newsweek also reported that the title was "anxiously received" by Saudi officials because it comes at such a "key moment" in the kingdom's short history.

According to the publisher, Palgrave Macmillan, "Saudi Arabia Exposed" is already in its 4th printing.

Extraordinary Insights

Mr. Bradley, an Oxford-educated, 35-year-old British author and journalist, who is about to embark on the second leg of a major author tour in the United States, was the only permanently-based, fully accredited Arabic-speaking Western journalist in Saudi Arabia for 2.5 years, from three months before 9/11.

A former editor of the Jeddah-based Arab News, he was uniquely able to travel throughout all of the kingdom's regions -- crucially without a government minder.

From the heart of urban centers to Saudi Arabia's most remote mountainous terrain, from the royalty to the destitute who inhabit the kingdom's slums, Mr. Bradley introduces readers to fascinating people and places and unveils the workings of this mysterious society.

He provides intimate details of underlying regional, religious, and tribal rivalries, and highlights the tensions generated by social change.

Also revealed is the restlessness of Saudi youth torn between the security of tradition and the appeal of the West, and the predicament of Saudi women seeking opportunities but facing constraints.

In the latest issue of The Nation, long-time New Yorker writer Milton Viorst writes that in "Saudi Arabia Exposed" Mr. Bradley “uses a graceful journalist's pen to write with scholarly authority" and "shows a sensitivity rare for a Westerner, reaching directly to the society's core."

Author Tour in the US in October

Mr. Bradley has written on Saudi and wider Middle East issues for the Washington Quarterly, New Republic, Washington Times, Salon, Economist, London Telegraph, and Independent.

In October, he will be promoting "Saudi Arabia Exposed" in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, as part of the second leg of his major US book tour.

During the first leg in June, he was an in-studio guest on numerous US cable TV networks (Fox News, CNN, C-Span, Christian Broadcasting Network etc) and was interviewed by national radio (CBS, VOA, NPR etc).

Further Information for the Media

To enquire about booking Mr. Bradley for TV/radio/public appearances and newspaper interviews in the United States during October, please contact Ms. Brigid O'Rourke at the Boston-based PR firm Newman Communications: borourke(AT)

How to buy the book online

Saudi Arabia Exposed: Inside a Kingdom in Crisis

By John R. Bradley

(Palgrave Macmillan), June 14, 240pp, $22.95

To buy a copy of "Saudi Arabia Exposed" for $15.61 (30% discount off cover price) from, click on this link:

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Background Resources

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