"My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante is the first of the mysterious Italian author's Neapolitan novels. The series tells the story of a life-long friendship between two working class girls in Naples. Critics have called Ferrante “one of the greatest novelists of our time.” Yet nobody knows her true identity. Join Diane and her guests for a discussion of “My Brilliant Friend.”
Diane and her guests talk about U.S. policy toward Saudi Arabia, with a look at questions about 9/11, cooperation in the war on terror and in Iraq, changes in Saudi Arabia since that country suffered two major terrorist attacks last year, and the Bush family’s personal business ties to the royal family.
- Fawaz Gerges professor of Middle East and international affairs at Sarah Lawrence College; author of "Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy"
- Nail Al-Jubeir director of information at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia
- Robert Baer former CIA operative and author of "Sleeping with the Devil" (Crown 2003)
- Ambassador Walter Cutler president of the Meridian International Center and former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
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