07 Mar

I kind of miss my youthful ignorance

You know those times when you figure something out, or when something suddenly makes sense to you, or you realize that something is actually this when all this time you’ve thought it was that? And when it hits you, you’re all, A-ha! It all makes sense now!

My mom used to call them ‘A-ha! moments’, which, between you and me, sounds like something Oprah would say, but hey. That’s what she called them.

I had one of those moments today.

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10 Feb

The Saudi Enigma

Nothing is easier than to denounce the evil-doer. Nothing is more difficult than to understand him (Fyodor Dostoevsky – The Possessed)

Robert Lacey chose this famous Dostoevsky phrase to open his new book ‘Inside the Kingdom’ for the reason that he wanted to have an understanding of the traumatic events of 9/11 and the country that provided the majority (15) of the in total nineteen hijackers on the airplanes that were involved in this tragedy.

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia never really was the place to be a favorite in the western hemisphere, and to be honest, how could you appreciate a nation that charges $70 or even more for something that is costing them below $10 to produce – and next brings you terrorists at the same time? Read More

22 Jan

Best Way To Prepare for SAT

The other day I received a question about SAT practice books — which I used and how I prepared for the test.

Once you’ve taken it, you’ll have a good idea what to expect — what types of questions are on it, the typical time limits, and so forth. When you come back and take the test a second time, you’ll know much better what to expect and be far more prepared.

Personally, I didn’t use any SAT books, I did some practice tests provided by the website mycareertools and  I took the practice tests there without buying a book. I studied and  I guess I got lucky with my test and I was happy enough with the score not to bother retaking the SAT. In the end, I didn’t buy any book, I just “winged” the test and that managed to work out.

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18 Dec

Newsmax.tv Lacey: Fears of Sharia Law Takeover in West

Robert Lacey, who recently completed a second book about Saudi Arabia, says the country’s government consists largely of pro-Western moderates.

“The moderates in Saudi Arabia would dearly love to push all the bearded extremists on to a boat and send them off into the sea,” Lacey told Newsmax.TV. His new book is “Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia.”

Seventeen of the ministers in Saudi Arabia’s cabinet hold master’s degrees and Ph.D’s from American universities, Lacey said. Read More

05 Nov

High School Life

high_lifeHigh school is no fun if you are always serious. In fact, it is much more enjoyable if you get into a little bit of trouble every once in awhile.

That is why it is necessary for you to mess around every now and then. A little.

Getting a detention is not the end of the world. If people look at you like one of those perfect students, you are not going to have many friends. In fact, you’ll probably get made fun of for being a dork.  It is fine if you put effort into your classes and everything, but you really need to mess around once in awhile. Read More

07 Sep

What you should know about MBA Requirements

MBA - Master of Business AdministrationMany students ask us what are the MBA requirements so this post is all about it. To be accepted in one of the business schools, you must meet the necessary prerequisites.

These MBA requirements may differ from school to school but there are basic requirements that apply to each and every school.

To be considered for an MBA program in a business school in the US, you must complete at least 16 years of undergraduate studies including a four year degree course in college. Next off, you must comply with the admission process of the school you are applying.

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18 Aug

“Terrorist Rehab?” aired on PBS

New York – Can terrorists be rehabilitated with kindness? On Friday, May 8 at 8:30 PM NOW on PBS partners with best-selling author and journalist Robert Lacey (The Kingdom, Majesty) to investigate the surprising success of Saudi Arabia’s approach to dealing with terrorists and extremists –without torture or water-boarding.

Given extraordinary access to the Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry and its practices, Lacey visits terrorist rehabilitation camps that use ‘soft policing’ tactics to be NICE to the bad guys. Read More

28 Jul

Inside the Kingdom-About the Book

IMG_1574Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia. An eye-opening and penetrating study from the bestselling author and journalist.

Inside the Kingdom Author: Robert Lacey,
Genre: History
Age Group: Adult

What has happened in the Middle East’s while we were looking somewhere else. Saudi Arabia is a nation defined by contradiction. It is up to date state driven by modern technology and huge oil deposits, yet its influential religious institutions have its traditions and practices rolled back 1000 years to match some of those of the prophet Muhammad, says author Robert Lacey.

This book Inside the Kingdom has been banned from distribution in Saudi Arabia by the Ministry of Culture and Information. You can read reviews of this book here. Read More

24 Jul

Shakespeare’s Legacy

As much as I’m an advocate for the arts, there were many years that I was afraid of Shakespeare. All those thous and thees freaked me out. I had to choose between vocal and acting for my high school major, and I confess, part of my decision was based on the fact that I was afraid of having to do a monologue by the Bard.
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I used to produce for a local theatre company, and we were getting ready to do Hamlet. I joked, “it’s just Shakespeare.” My director said, “yes, it is just Shakespeare.”
That production of Hamlet opened my eyes to what Shakespeare was all about: the human condition. Shakespeare’s work is about love, fear, greed, insecurity, lust, ambition, and the rest of the most passionate emotions that make us human and, if we’re lucky, humane.

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