Ben Hubbard has spent more than a dozen years reporting in the Middle East, where he is the Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times.
'Detailed and disturbing ... Clear and convincing ... the book's strength is the thoroughness of its reporting... Hubbard does a brilliant job helping us understand Khashoggi the man as well as the operation that killed him' New York Times
'A fine account of the crown prince's rise... Hubbard delivers a highly informed portrait, leavening his narrative with well-deserved scepticism, and leaves the reader wondering what lies ahead for the prince and his kingdom' Guardian
'He has spent more time in the kingdom than most other working western journalists ... Moves at a brisk pace through the key events: the lifting of the women's driving ban, coupled with the arrests and torture of the women who campaigned for it ... Capping it all, of course, is Khashoggi's murder' Times
'Can we trust this mysterious prince with our oil supplies, with our friendship - with the prospects of peace in the Middle East? If anyone can give us the answers to these life-and-death questions, it is the brilliant and compulsively readable Ben Hubbard.' Robert Lacey, author of The Kingdom and Inside the Kingdom
'Is Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince and de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, a modernizer or a murderer? Through dogged research and a remarkable ability to navigate the labyrinth that is Saudi society, Hubbard makes clear the answer is 'both.' MBS is a devastating portrait of the young and increasingly despotic prince whom President Trump calls "a very great friend" ... Essential reading.' Scott Anderson, author of Lawrence in Arabia
'A rare and penetrating look behind the curtain of the world's most important family and its dangerous new leader. Ben Hubbard brings all the strands together in this absorbing biography.' Lawrence Wright