‘MBS: The rise to power of Mohammed bin Salman’, by Ben Hubbard

Review by Reg Naulty

Close-up of the book cover. | Photo: William Collins.

The paradox of Saudi Arabia is that it is a close ally of the United States, and that it has a conservative version of Islam. In the attack on the twin towers in New York on 9/11, fifteen out of the nineteen hijackers were Saudis, as was their leader, Osama bin Laden. This book is a portrait of the country’s crown prince and deputy prime minister, Mohammed bin Salman – an autocrat on the rise. It tells us much about his programme to modernise Saudi Arabia.

You need to login to read subscriber-only content and/or comment on articles.