The Merchants

Through the stories of the great merchant families of Arabia -- the Arab counterparts of the Rockefellers & the Krupps -- Field investigates the inner workings of some of the most powerful & secretive international trade empires in the world. Here are the strengths & weaknesses of the men who manage companies with turnovers of $1 billion or more, whose influence in the tides of international commerce & finance have made them the elite of the international business establishment. You will enter an elite cultural & social world rarely encountered by Westerners. This is a book for both those who need to know these family dynasties & those who want to enter a world of incredible wealth & dizzying complexity & intrigue. Genealogical charts.

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By Tim (Kent & London, E2, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★★ · September 29, 2013
Although this book is now thirty years old, it continues to provide significant insights into Saudi and Gulf Arab history and culture although it only takes the story up to the boom (for the Saudis) after the first major oil crisis.

The last three decades have, of course, seen further major develo... ...more