Cambridge University Press Titles Named 2014 Books of the Year (The Economist)

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Kaiser Wilhelm II and Joyriding in Riyadh are among The Economist’s best books of 2014.

Kaiser Wilhelm II: A Concise Life by John C. G. Röhl and Joyriding in Riyadh: Oil, Urbanism and Road Revolt in Saudi Arabia by Pascal Menoret are among The Economist’s best books of 2014.

Topping the list of notable Biographies and Memoirs, "Kaiser Wilhelm II" (now available) was celebrated by The Times as a “powerful portrait [which] reveals the monstrosity of the man behind the posturing monarch.” This condensed edition of John Röhl’s celebrated three-volume biography of Wilhelm II brings the last Kaiser to life in a fascinating account that spans from the German Empire of the 1860s to the heyday of the Third Reich.

"Joyriding in Riyadh," which The Economist praised as being "both fascinating and disturbing” upon its release this summer, also garnered recognition as a leading title of the year. Anthropologist Pascal Menoret’s in-depth look at the Saudi subculture of daredevil motorcyclists offers stunning and original new insights into urbanism and oil in the Middle East. “Good anthropologists,” The Economist writes, “aim to enter the minds of their subjects, sharing their lifestyle, acquiring their language, studying their moods and responses but always maintaining an objective self-awareness. Pascal Menoret is better than good.”

Both John C.G. Röhl and Pascal Menoret have made a major contribution to scholarship. Cambridge University Press is honored to have published their two outstanding works and applauds their well-deserved place among the best books of 2014.

Both titles are currently available in a variety of formats, including paperback and electronic editions, at To request a press copy, please email publicity(at)cambridge(dot)org.

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