Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by Jean Sasson

Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia

By Jean Sasson

  • Release Date: 2011-06-08
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 114 Ratings
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PRINCESS describes the life of Princess Sultana Al Sa'ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband and her country.

Sultana tells of appalling oppressions, everyday occurrences that in any other culture would be seen as shocking human rights violations: thirteen-year-old girls forced to marry men five times their age, young women killed by drowning, stoning, or isolation in the "women's room."

PRINCESS is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and courage, and you will never forget her or her Muslim sisters.

A New York Times bestseller, PRINCESS was named one of the 500 Great Books by Women since 1300. It was also an Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club and a Reader's Digest Selection.


"Absolutely riveting and profoundly sad..." --People

"A chilling story...a vivid account of an air-conditioned nightmare..." --Entertainment Weekly

"Must-reading for anyone interested in human rights." --USA Today

"Shocking...candid...sad, sobering, and compassionate..." --San Francisco Chronicle



    By ACatterpillar
    Do not spend your money on this book. You can buy the entire trilogy for 10$ instead of buying each one individually. You are wasting your money if you buy all three individually. But I loved the book! I was quite stunned to learn about the daily lives of Saudi Arabian royalty. Warning: some graphic sexual references are contained, as well as strong religious biases. Definetly an important read for anyone 15+.
  • Fantastic

    By mjohn65
    I read this book years ago, it was an amazing insight into the cultures of others, which are so different from what we know. or at least how I was raised. Please try to read this and you will have greater understanding of how women in the modern age are forced to live in a community that shows no value for them.
  • Loved it

    By Mariolalm
    Everyone should read it! Great book. Woman may get somewhat frustrated, however it's a most read.
  • Princess

    By Border collie lvr.
    Very interesting how different cultures view not only the lives of woman but treat them with not a ounce of respect. It took me a while to be able to read such sadness in people. I had to look at it as a learning experience. I did read all 3 books and the story got less brutal but not much. It was worth reading as it does explain quite a bit about their culture.
  • Everyone Should Read

    By Kristin Evans
    It is amazing how with all of our media advancements our invasions into every country possible that there are still women living without the basic right of going out for groceries... Have your daughters, your friends everyone you know read this story and let's make a stand for human rights!!!!
  • One of my favorites!!!

    By Rebok21
    I've read all three of these books a few times and it's always an eye opening read. This first one is my favorite, it really opened my eyes to a world I could not comprehend but know feel so much passion towards. All the money in the world can't open the gates of some prisons.