Aug. 22, 2018
Steve Emerson might have had a lucrative career in law, or business, or investment banking, like so many of his fellow Ivy League graduates. He might have lived a comfortable life, constructed around convention and financial security.
He didn’t go in that direction. He left Brown University in the late 1970s and headed for Washington, DC armed with edgy skepticism of authority and a desire to make a difference. He has made a big one.
After a stint on Capitol Hill — and a few award-winning years in investigative journalism — Emerson wrote a groundbreaking expose of Saudi Arabia’s vast leverage over corporate America, Washington public relations outfits, and the nation’s educational institutions, titled The American House of Saud: The Secret Petrodollar Connection.