Blood and Oil by Bradley Hope audiobook

Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman’s Ruthless Quest for Global Power

By Bradley Hope  and Justin Scheck
Read by Peter Ganim

Hachette Books 9780306846663

Unabridged

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    ISBN: 9781549107009

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    ISBN: 9781549106989

Runtime: 12.62 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Qatar History

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

A Kirkus Reviews Pick of the Month

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.

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 three hundred 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’s precipitous rise coincided with the fraying of the simple bargain that had been at the head of U.S.-Saudi relations for more than eighty years: oil in exchange 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Fascinating and highly entertaining…With fly-on-the-wall reporting and palace intrigue worthy of Machiavelli, it will keep you turning the pages at a fast clip.” John Carreyrou, New York Times bestselling author
“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, New York Times bestselling author
"[A] meticulous, highly relevant narrative…The cast of characters and Al Saud family tree are especially helpful. An excellent work of impressive research on a dangerous world leader.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Hope and Scheck confront us with the conundrum of a young man who is doing good by his Kingdom…while operating with ruthlessness and absolutism that make the stomach curl. Blood and Oil is compelling reading.” Robert Lacey, New York Times bestselling author
“The book reads like a novel, but it also plays the critically important role of illuminating a real person who is going to shape our world in ways we would all be better for understanding.” Bethany McLean, New York Times bestselling author

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Author Bio: Bradley Hope

Author Bio: Bradley Hope

Bradley Hope, based in London, is the New York Times bestselling coauthor of Billion Dollar Whale, and covers finance and malfeasance for the Wall Street Journal. Before that he spent six years as a Middle East correspondent. Hope is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and Gerald Loeb Award winner.

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Author Bio: Justin Scheck

Author Bio: Justin Scheck

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Details

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 12.62
Audience: Adult
Language: English