IN THE REVIEW

How Strong Are the Saudis?

The Kingdom

by Robert Lacey

The House of Saud: The Rise and Rule of the Most Powerful Dynasty in the Arab World

by David Holden and Richard Johns
During the past three decades, American policy makers supported a number of third-world leaders whose essential incompetence or corruption have brought them, and their American benefactors, to disaster. Muhammad Reza Pahlavi was unable to make compromises that would have set Iran on a stable course. When that chance was gone, …