Author: Jacques Benoit Mechant / Translated by Nahla Baidoon
Publisher: Dar Al-Saqi
Covering a wide course of events covering Egypt to Pakistan, the author reviews the beginnings of the reign of King Saud, the rise of the Turkish army, the nationalization of oil installations in Iran, the establishment of the State of Israel and the July revolution in Egypt. It analyzes the crisis in Jordan in August 1957 that resulted in the division of the East into two rival camps: the "holy alliance" of kings against the progressive republics, against the backdrop of the intensification of competition between the United States and the Soviet Union.
The book is seen as an important document that illustrates the King's positions towards the Baghdad alliance, the Berimi issue, Arab nationalism, the Eisenhower doctrine, the Suez crisis, severing relations and stopping the oil supply from France and Britain and its consequences for the Saudi economy thereafter.
This book fills a great gap in the Arab library and contemporary Arab history of the Middle East. It highlights what the author calls "East in Time of Transitions", describing the series of crises and cross-coups since the end of World War II until August 1957.