is a British historian and biographer. He is the author of a number of bestselling biographies, including those of Henry Ford
Henry Ford was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry...
and Queen Elizabeth II, as well as works of popular history.
Lacey’s 1981 work The Kingdom
and its 2009 follow-up Inside the Kingdom
have now both been cited as standard study texts for the diplomatic community working inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This has led to Lacey being employed by American Television networks, ABC
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as a commentator on the subject.
In 2009 Lacey made the controversial documentary “Rehab for Terrorists?: Can terrorists be rehabilitated with kindness?” for the ‘Now’ show for the PBS channel.
Lacey is also ABC's Good Morning America
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Royal commentator and was in London for the channel covering the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. He was also seen on the BBC
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’s late evening coverage of the event. David Brancaccio
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said: "In Saudi Arabia, Robert Lacey had the kind of access most journalists only dream of."
Lacey is an alumnus of Bristol Grammar School
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and a graduate of Selwyn College
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in the University of Cambridge
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. He began his writing career as a journalist on the Illustrated London News
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, and later The Sunday Times
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- Robert, Earl of Essex (1971)
- Henry VIII (1972)
- Majesty (1977)
- The Kingdom (1981), History of Saudi Arabia to 1979.
- Aristocrats (1983)
- Ford (1986)
- Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life (1991)
- Grace (1994)
- The Year 1000: What Life Was Like at the Turn of the First Millennium (1999, with Danny Danziger)
- Royal (2002)
- Monarch, Life and Reign of Elizabeth II (2002)
- Great Tales from British History, Volume 1 (2003)
- Great Tales from British History, Volume 2 (2005)
- Great Tales from British History, Volume 3 (2006)
- Inside the Kingdom (2009), History of Saudi Arabia from 1979 to date.