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Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Its Soul for Saudi Crude | [Robert Baer]

Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Its Soul for Saudi Crude

Robert Baer reveals how our government's relationship with Saudi Arabia and America's dependence on Saudi oil make us vulnerable to economic disaster and put us at risk for further acts of terrorism. Our addiction to cheap oil and Saudi petrodollars caused us to turn a blind eye to the Al Sa'ud's culture of bribery, and its financial support of fundamentalist Islamic groups that have been directly linked to international acts of terror, including those against the United States.
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The United States' addiction to oil has meant that the country has to remain good friends with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - regardless of how the Arabs behave. The Kingdom has been proved to be bankrolling terrorist organisations, distributing enormous amounts to an indolent extended royal family so that they can enjoy a lavish lifestyle, buying up western industry, and of course, maintaining numerous Swiss bank accounts. So explains ex-CIA operative Robert Baer in his latest work, Sleeping With The Devil.

Saudi Arabia is sitting on the world's largest reserve of crude oil, and that oil is much easier to extract in that country than anywhere else in the world. The Petrodollars pouring into the economy has seen massive investment in infrastructure, hospitals, schools, and of course - mosques. Yet in these holy places, the populace is exhorted to hate the United States, the western world, and non-Muslims. Some of the terrorists who carried out the 9/11 atrocity were from Saudi Arabia. But the United States, says Mr. Baer, desperately dependent on the flow of gasoline, still bows and scrapes...

Robert O'Keefe provides the narration, which totals just over six hours. This was another book that I listened to in one sitting, and thoroughly enjoyed. Mr. O'Keefe has a rich-voiced American accent, making for an easy listen despite, at times, being a difficult subject. The audio quality is superb, particularly at Audible Format 4, quite obviously a direct digital recording. This book is an interesting and enlightening way to spend six hours!

--Brad Jackson, UK

Publisher's Summary

In his powerful new audiobook, Robert Baer, author of See No Evil, turns his attention to Saudi Arabia, revealing how our government's cynical relationship with our Middle Eastern ally and America's dependence on Saudi oil make us increasingly vulnerable to economic disaster and put us at risk for further acts of terrorism.

For decades, the United States and Saudi Arabia have been locked in a "harmony of interests." America counted on the Saudis for cheap oil, political stability in the Middle East, and lucrative business relationships for the United States, while providing a voracious market for the kingdom's vast oil reserves. With money and oil flowing freely between Washington and Riyadh, the United States has felt secure in its relationship with the Saudis and the ruling Al Sa'ud family. But the rot at the core of our "friendship" with the Saudis was dramatically revealed when it became apparent that fifteen of the nineteen September 11 hijackers proved to be Saudi citizens.

In Sleeping with the Devil, Baer documents with chilling clarity how our addiction to cheap oil and Saudi petrodollars caused us to turn a blind eye to the Al Sa'ud's culture of bribery, its abysmal human rights record, and its financial support of fundamentalist Islamic groups that have been directly linked to international acts of terror, including those against the United States. Drawing on his experience as a field operative who was on the ground in the Middle East for much of his twenty years with the agency, as well as the large network of sources he has cultivated in the region and in the U.S. intelligence community, Baer vividly portrays our decades-old relationship with the increasingly dysfunctional and corrupt Al Sa'ud family, the fierce anti-Western sentiment that is sweeping the kingdom, and the desperate link between the two.

©2003 Robert Baer; (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a dividion of Random House, Inc.

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    Michael Golden, CO, United States 09-25-07
    Michael Golden, CO, United States 09-25-07
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    "Disappointing"

    I have the utmost respect for Robert Baer as a person and loved "See No Evil" recommended it to many because the book was not only illuminating but you could feel his passion and patriotism unfolding as the book progressed. This book had none of that. I hope he has not become bitter or he needs a paycheck. He is better than that.

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    Uzi thornhill, Ontario, Canada 07-01-07
    Uzi thornhill, Ontario, Canada 07-01-07
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    "SHOULD BE MANDATORY READING FOR EVERYONE"

    This book hits the nail on the head and is a wake up call to us all of the dangers looming in the sands of Arabia. Dangers, which if not checked, will certainly overshadow the horror of 9/11. Americans will certainly not be hapopy to learn of the cozy relationship of their leaders with the Saudis, bankers for world terror, and how US national interest continues to take second place to the individual greed of American leaders as well as those of their Saudi bedfellows. But I fear that Americans will do nothing until it is too late. An all too often symptom in the American people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ahmed Tamim Al-Kuttab Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 10-24-05
    Ahmed Tamim Al-Kuttab Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 10-24-05 Listener Since 2005
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    "A distraction..."

    This book might appear informative to those who are big on current events and small on history but to understand middle eastern politics, including the emergence of Al-Qaida, you have to know the underlying factors (i.e. history). The author is right that Saudi Arabia has problems but to say that it's evil and that it has created Al-Qaida is just pure ignorance and is only distracting us from the root cause. O' Jerusalam is worthwhile reading for those who would like an unbiased and educated understanding of what the problem is - only then can we tackle it. This book isn't worth 50 cents.

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    Gudrun ReykjavikIceland 02-04-05
    Gudrun ReykjavikIceland 02-04-05
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    "surprising"

    This book is full of informative surprises. It is understandable and clear, wich is good if you are not familiar with the subject as i was. I would reccomend this book to anyone that wants to learn more about the middle east and their communication with america.

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    Wayne USA 02-17-04
    Wayne USA 02-17-04
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    "Eye Opener"

    This book is just another confirmation that the politicians here in our country really don't care about the American People, only the money that foreign facists can provide.It makes you want to tear up your voter registration card and boycott the electoral farce.

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    Kevin USA 09-06-03
    Kevin USA 09-06-03
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    "excellent book - opened my eyes!"

    excellent book - opened my eyes!

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    Kevin Raleigh, NC, USA 10-06-03
    Kevin Raleigh, NC, USA 10-06-03
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    "Muslim oil is evil..."

    Muslim oil is evil... but so is our addiction to it.

    An eye opener as to just how deep the rabbit hole goes. Muslim Country oil is evil in that it funds terrorism and the MURDER of innocent civilians (women/children). We support the terrorism by purchasing it! It is an endless cycle that we must break. The only way to break it is to 1>unconditionally support the war on terror, 2>aggressively explore/create alternative fuel sources, 3>drill Alaska while we execute #2, 4>buy oil from non-OPEC sources. This is a long term, painful, realistic plan.

    Not sure how we can support the CIA - but they are doing a fantastic job and we need more people like Robert Baer in the agency and in government.

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