"A very rare and powerful book, raised completely above the ordinary by its candour and intelligence. And what we gain is a cultural reorientation which should permanently affect our view of the world." --New York Post
"A narrative of great power and beauty [Asad's] knowledge of Middle Eastern peoples and of their problems is profound; indeed in some respects his narrative is at once more intimate and more penetrating than that of Doughty." --Times Literary Supplement "
[This] book is one which has burst with strange and compelling authority upon the small fraternity of Westerners who know Arabia...a book trenchant with adventure magnificently described, and a commentary upon the inner meaning of Arab and Moslem life, helpful to all who would achieve a more accurate understanding of the Arabs and their lands." --Christian Science Monitor Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]