Best Sellers Rank: 1,719,311 in Books• Although the benefits from development and global connectedness-in which we are all inescapably complicit-have been huge, some of those benefits have flowed to people who have systematically made the lives of others desperate and miserable.8
If his bid fails, Saudi Arabia has the potential to become an unstable failed state and a magnet for Islamic extremists.
Leif Wenar has written the indispensable guide, combining politics, economics, and ethics to tell us just how and why we are all involved, and what we ought to do to make the world a better place.
. His observations on Saudi Arabia are particularly interesting. This is a difficult subject rendered readable for a niche audience.15
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.
The research was clearly thorough but the sloppiness is annoying.
If you're out to malign these Saudis or just feed pre-conceived notions, then sure, go ahead and buy it.
It gets deep into the most opaque place on earth, without a false note anywhere.
The author does present a lot of factual information to backup his idealogy, however, some of his information is glossed over and assumptions made when the facts are less prevalent.
Its making will probably involve oil, minerals or metals.13
Writing in an engaging, conversational style, Wenar trenchantly and provocatively explores one of the great moral challenges of our time.
It also can be read as a Shakespearean story of utter greed. If you have a deep interest in global political issues, this is the book for you. 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.11
Overall this is an important work, and something of an achievement for its author.
' This lively book gives strong evidence that interruption is sometimes a wise course of action. And more importantly, it will leave you with a deep and nuanced understanding of the Crown Prince's thinking and its implications for Saudi Arabia and the entire Middle East.17
Leif Wenar's detailed and incisive study of the trade in oil and other "blood" resources, and of its moral and legal background, is the most sustained analysis yet of the responsibilities we bear as beneficiaries of the plunder of authoritarians and kleptocrats.