From the start of the Reagan administration through the first Gulf War, the most important, powerful and successful diplomat in the world was Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to the United States. He remains a profoundly significant global player today.
William Simpson has produced an exceptionally valuable and sympathetic, but nuanced and fair portrait of this remarkable man. Mr. Simpson, who is British, is a lifelong friend of Prince Bandar's since their days together in officer training at the British Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, but his work does not read as a hagiography. Instead, the book benefits from Mr. Simpson's deep personal knowledge of this complex, talented and multilayered man.