Blood and Oil: Mohammed bin Salman’s Ruthless Quest for Global Power

Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck’s riveting page-turner chillingly profiles Saudi’s MBS

People commemorate the first anniversary of the murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi intelligence agents at the Turkish embassy in Istanbul. Saudi leader Mohammed bin Salman has rejected any responsibility for the murder. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

People commemorate the first anniversary of the murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi intelligence agents at the Turkish embassy in Istanbul. Saudi leader Mohammed bin Salman has rejected any responsibility for the murder. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

For once, the publisher’s hype is true. Blood and Oil really is a riveting page-turner, a descent into a nest of vipers, a chilling profile of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known by his initials MBS.

MBS is the seventh child of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, but the first son from Salman’s second marriage. Salman felt estranged from his first six children after they were educated in Europe and the US, and resolved to keep his favourite son, Mohammed, by his side.

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