About the Author
Part I - The Trip: Introduction
My Various Incarnations        and Re-Incarnations
Snotty Cracks From My        Friends and Relatives        Upon Learning That I        Was Planning A Trip To        Saudi Arabia (SA)
Responses To My Snotty        Friends and Relatives
The Worst Kept Secret In        The Middle East
Saudia Airlines Flight: SV        24
Welcome to Saudi Arabia
My Personal Security
What Is Life Like for        Saudis?
Women’s Lives In Saudi        Arabia
Too Many Young,       Uneducated,       Unemployed Saudis
Foreign Workers
Saudi Markets
Camel Markets
Oil: A One Product        Economy
Islam in Saudi Arabia
The Eastern Province of        Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s Very Bad        Neighborhood
Allah and Oil
The King Abdullah’s        Scholarship Program in        the U. S. (KASP)
The Bottom Line

Part II – Relevant and Irreverent Digressions
The Promised Reward of 72       Black-Eyed Virgins To       Islamic Martyrs and         Martyrettes
The Press Plan For Peace In        The Middle East

Part III - Islam: A Very Short Introduction
What is Islam?
What Do Muslims Believe?
Who Was The Prophet Muhammed?
What is the Qur'an (Koran)?
How do Muslims Practice Their Faith?
What Is Jihad?
Sharia Law
The Shia Sunni Wars
Where Do Muslims Live?

Part IV- The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)
The P5 + 1 Agreement With        Iran
The Dynamics Operating In      The Four Countries        Most Impacted by the        JCPOA
A Very Difficult But        Necessary Choice

Part V - End Notes

World Voices Home

The Literary Explorer
Writers on the Job
Books Forgotten
Thomas E. Kennedy
Walter Cummins
Web Del Sol

About the Author's Travels

Alan Press has visited 69 countries:

Africa (11) Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Namibia, Niger, South Africa, Sudan

Asia (23) Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia

Austral-Asia (3), Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea

Europe (23) Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, England, France, Georgia, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey

North America (3) Canada, Haiti, Mexico

South America (6) Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru

In the U.S. he has visited all of the major national parks and run most of the wild rivers.

The Myopic Marlboro Man

Alan of Arabia

Secret Agent 006 1/2

There's No One With Endurance Like The Man Who Sells Insurance

Author’s Note

I have spent my professional career in the business of retail life insurance sales and sales management. It has been an enormously gratifying opportunity from every point of view. The time freedom and financial freedom it provided, allowed me to enjoy the privilege of life-time of all manner of extraordinary experiences, that I never dreamed I would have access to. That has included, but not been limited to, the wonders of in-depth travel to some of the world’s most interesting, exciting, out of the way places.

I am enormously grateful to Walter Cummins for allowing the inclusion of my efforts on the Web Del Sol site. He has always been enormously patient, encouraging, and supportive. When appropriate, he used his superb editorial skills to motivate me to explore dimensions of my adventures, that were it not for his gentle intervention, would have completely escaped me.

Being published in Web Del Sol site is another experience that I never dreamed I would have. Thank you, Walter.

Alan Press