While the redesign of the main Qahwa Sada site is still underway, and will probably relaunch after the holidays, I am delighted to present the first Qahwa Sada Book Forum. These Book Forums will discuss new books in Middle East Studies, with the author and a few critical discussants and hopefully commentors joining in the discussion. Our first Book Forum features America's Kingdom: Mythmaking on the Saudi Oil Frontier, by Robert Vitalis (Stanford University Press).
America's Kingdom is a fascinating and highly provocative book. Today, we kick off with initial framing remarks by Bob Vitalis, followed by commentary by two Gulf experts: F. Gregory Gause III (University of Vermont) and Toby Jones (formerly of the International Crisis Group, and currently at Swarthmore College). I'll weigh in with my comments tomorrow. Everyone else is encouraged to comment here (general comments on this post, specific comments on the appropriate post) or over email!
UPDATE: I have collected and edited the forum into a PDF file which can be downloaded here: Download AmericasKingdom.pdf
. Great work everybody!