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Blood and Oil

Bradley Hope

Blood and Oil

by Bradley Hope

Blood and Oil

Bradley Hope

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In Blood and Oil, Wall Street Journal reporters Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck perform a deep dive into the Saudi Arabian royal family and chronicle Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's rise to power.

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Blood and Oil

by Bradley Hope

Blood and Oil

Bradley Hope

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In 2017, a number of Saudi Arabian princes and businessmen were rounded up and locked inside the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh in a widespread anti-corruption crackdown. The startling juxtaposition between Davos in the Desert and the Ritz's transformation into a prison - and the reversal of so many extraordinarily wealthy men's fortunes - make the crackdown a singular event in recent world political and business history. Soon, many began to wonder at the identity of the young, mostly-unknown political operator behind the raid.

Although Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince behind the manoeuvre, had seemed to emerge as a political force almost overnight, he had long been a rising star in the kingdom. In Blood And Oil, Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck - both reporters with The Wall Street Journal - use careful research and interviews to probe MBS' background and chart where his governance might lead the kingdom in the future.

From his time as an awkward, McDonald's-loving pre-teen, to his adult years as a ruthless would-be reformer, Mohammed bin Salman has always thirsted for money and influence. As Hope and Scheck dive deeper into his background, his more autocratic and power-hungry tendencies are revealed, and troubling new questions about the role he will play at the helm of an increasingly globalized Saudi Arabia begin to emerge.

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"Never have so many billionaires, titans of finance who could move Heaven and Earth with their immense wealth, been deprived of their liberty and treasure so abruptly."

Bradley Hope, Justin Scheck

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