Desert Warrior: A Personal View of the Gulf War by the Joint Forces Commander

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Prince of Saudi Arabia Khaled Bin Sultan tells the remarakble story of his life, from his years growing up in desert kingdom that went from poverty to unimaginable wealth to his schooling in England and the United States to his role as a leader in the recent Gulf War.

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Desert Warrior is one of the most remarkable documents to come out of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The first book ever written by a member of the Saudi royal family, it is the candid, uncensored autobiography of HRH General Khaled bin Sultan, nephew of King Fahd and a leading prince of the House of Saud. It is the first time a true insider has ever described the decision-making process within the royal family, the unique dangers and challenges of the Middle East environment and the complexities of the Saudi-American relationship.

Of particular interest is its chronicle of the desert prince's role in the Gulf War. With gripping anecdotes and startling information, General Khaled describes his rise to international fame as the leader of 25 of the 37 contingents of the coalition forces, his efforts to protect the sovereignty of his country in the face of an overwhelming American presence, his work in keeping the alliance against Saddam Hussein from foundering and his sometimes stormy relationship with General Schwarzkopf.

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Nephew of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd, HRH General Khaled served in parallel command with General Norman Schwarzkopf in the Gulf War. "We were the two luckiest generals ever to fight a war," he writes. "Few commanders in history can ever have been as certain of victory as we were." Their relationship was stormy, however, and one shouting match included this exchange: "Should I treat you as a general or a prince?" "Both!" Khaled describes how, as a point of national policy and personal pride, he avoided even the appearance of subordination to the Americans, making certain, for example, that he always had the same number of bodyguards as Schwarzkopf. Khaled has much to say about the nature of the coalition against Saddam Hussein and the peculiarities of various contingents (e.g., the superior attitude of the French troops) and argues that Saudi Arabian participation was the linchpin of the counterattack against the Iraqi army. He complains that the peace agreement was weak, lacking a formal document of surrender "which... might have helped remove Saddam." Khaled's winning personality, intelligence and ready sense of humor combine to make this Saudi insider's view of the 1990-91 war as entertaining as it is informative. Seale is a British journalist. Photos not seen by PW.
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