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House, Karen Elliott

Overview
Works: 30 works in 52 publications in 1 language and 1,601 library holdings
Roles: Author, Interviewer
Classifications: DS215, 953.8
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Karen Elliott House
On Saudi Arabia : its people, past, religion, fault lines--and future by Karen Elliott House( Book )
12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A journalist draws on three decades of firsthand experience to profile contemporary Saudi Arabia, offering insight into its leaders, citizens, cultural complexities, and international prospects
On Saudi Arabia its people, past, religion, contradictions, and future by Karen Elliott House( Book )
4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the Pulitzer Prize?winning reporter who has spent the last thirty years writing about Saudi Arabia?as diplomatic correspondent, foreign editor, and then publisher of The Wall Street Journal?an important and timely book that explores all facets of life in this shrouded Kingdom: its tribal past, its complicated present, its precarious future. Through observation, anecdote, extensive interviews, and analysis Karen Elliot House navigates the maze in which Saudi citizens find themselves trapped and reveals the mysterious nation that is the world?s largest exporter of oil, critical to global stability, and a source of Islamic terrorists. In her probing and sharp-eyed portrait, we see Saudi Arabia, one of the last absolute monarchies in the world, considered to be the final bulwark against revolution in the region, as threatened by multiple fissures and forces, its levers of power controlled by a handful of elderly Al Saud princes with an average age of 77 years and an extended family of some 7,000 princes. Yet at least 60 percent of the increasingly restive population they rule is under the age of 20. The author writes that oil-rich Saudi Arabia has become a rundown welfare state. The public pays no taxes; gets free education and health care; and receives subsidized water, electricity, and energy (a gallon of gasoline is cheaper in the Kingdom than a bottle of water), with its petrodollars buying less and less loyalty. House makes clear that the royal family also uses Islam?s requirement of obedience to Allah?and by extension to earthly rulers?to perpetuate Al Saud rule. Behind the Saudi facade of order and obedience, today?s Saudi youth, frustrated by social conformity, are reaching out to one another and to a wider world beyond their cloistered country. Some 50 percent of Saudi youth is on the Internet; 5.1 million Saudis are on Facebook. To write this book, the author interviewed most of the key members of the very private royal family. She writes about King Abdullah?s modest efforts to relax some of the kingdom?s most oppressive social restrictions; women are now allowed to acquire photo ID cards, finally giving them an identity independent from their male guardians, and are newly able to register their own businesses but are still forbidden to drive and are barred from most jobs. With extraordinary access to Saudis?from key religious leaders and dissident imams to women at university and impoverished widows, from government officials and political dissidents to young successful Saudis and those who chose the path of terrorism?House argues that most Saudis do not want democracy but seek change nevertheless; they want a government that provides basic services without subjecting citizens to the indignity of begging princes for handouts; a government less corrupt and more transparent in how it spends hundreds of billions of annual oil revenue; a kingdom ruled by law, not royal whim. In House?s assessment of Saudi Arabia?s future, she compares the country today to the Soviet Union before Mikhail Gorbachev arrived with reform policies that proved too little too late after decades of stagnation under one aged and infirm Soviet leader after another. She discusses what the next generation of royal princes might bring and the choices the kingdom faces: continued economic and social stultification with growing risk of instability, or an opening of society to individual initiative and enterprise with the risk that this, too, undermines the Al Saud hold on power. A riveting book?informed, authoritative, illuminating?about a country that could well be on the brink, and an in-depth examination of what all this portends for Saudi Arabia?s future, and for our own.From the Hardcover edition
Great decisions 1990 foreign policy issues facing the nation ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses current foreign policy issues
Latin American debt living on borrowed time? ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Looks at the 400 billion dollar debt that Latin America owes to the United States and its allies. Discusses the big cost to the American government in the solvency of our banks and how it shows up in our trade deficit
Great decisions 1991 foreign policy issues facing the nation. [Programs 5-8] ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses current foreign policy issues
Ethics in international relations power and morality ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Looks at the role morality plays in U.S. foreign policy, specifically, whether it is justified to intervene in the affairs of another country in order to overthrow its government. Focuses on Granada, Nicaragua and the Philippines
China redefining the Revolution ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the changing scene in China and the implications for United States foreign policy. Focuses on the current trend toward democracy in China
Horn of Africa empty cornucopia? ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Looks at the Horn of Africa, an impoverished and desolate land that has attracted the interest of the Soviet Union and the United States because of its strategic waterway
Persian Gulf reassessing the U.S. role ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Looks at one of the most strategic crossroads in the world, the Persian Gulf. Examines the difficult task of formulating a long range strategy for the U.S. role in the region. Reassesses just how important the Persian Gulf really is to U.S. interests
International drug traffic an unwinnable war? ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Looks at America's war on drugs, at home and abroad. Focuses on the international suppliers of illegal drugs and explains why the war on drugs is unwinnable
Great decisions 1989 foreign policy issues facing the nation ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A series of 8 half-hour programs in which three panelists discuss eight of the most important foreign policy issues of our time
Meet the press ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
On this edition of Meet the Press: George Shultz
Cuba ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Toeristische kijk op het eiland Cuba
Violence on the tube ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Discusses whether the TV camera gives an unbiased account of the news
Farmers, food and the global supermarket ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Looks at the current condition of the world food market and the shortage of the world grain reserve. Presents opposing views as to whether there is a world food supply shortage and the role the United States has in supplying food to the world
Arms agreement too little too late, or too much too soon? ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Looks at the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union and discusses strategic arms reduction between the two nations
Pulitzer Prize-Winning International Reporting from the Wall Street Journal by Karen Elliott House by Karen Elliott House( Book )
in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Meet the press ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
On this edition of Meet the Press: Anwar Sadat on progress in Middle East peace negotiations despite President Reagan's initial reluctance to deal with the Palestine Liberation Organization
Meet the press ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
On this edition of Meet the Press: top PLO official, Farouk Kaddoumi
The Ralph Bunche Library presents Karen Elliott House, On Saudi Arabia, its people, past, religion, fault lines--and future by Karen Elliott House( )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who has spent the last thirty years writing about Saudi Arabia--as diplomatic correspondent, foreign editor, and then publisher of The Wall Street Journal--an important and timely book that explores all facets of life in this shrouded Kingdom: its tribal past, its complicated present, its precarious future. In her probing and sharp-eyed portrait, we see Saudi Arabia, one of the last absolute monarchies in the world, considered to be the final bulwark against revolution in the region, as threatened by multiple fissures and forces, its levers of power controlled by a handful of elderly Al Saud princes with an average age of 77 years and an extended family of some 7,000 princes. Yet at least 60 percent of the increasingly restive population they rule is under the age of 20. A journalist draws on three decades of firsthand experience to profile contemporary Saudi Arabia, offering insight into its leaders, citizens, cultural complexities, and international prospects--Publisher's description
 
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