Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace

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Vintage Books, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 768 pages
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The first major account of the life of an extraordinary soldier and statesman, King Hussein of Jordan.

Throughout his long reign (1953—1999), Hussein remained a dominant figure in Middle Eastern politics and a consistent proponent of peace with Israel. For over forty years he walked a tightrope between Palestinians and Arab radicals on the one hand and Israel on the other. Avi Shlaim reveals that Hussein initiated a secret dialogue with Israel in 1963 and spent hundreds of hours in talks with countless Israeli officials. Shlaim expertly reconstructs this dialogue from previously untapped records and first-hand accounts, significantly rewriting the history of the Middle East over the past fifty years and shedding light on the far-reaching impact of Hussein’s leadership.
 

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User Review  - jacoombs - LibraryThing

A balanced, clear and well-researched life of Hussein that squarely places his life within the broader context of Mid-East politics, history and conflict. Read full review

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User Review  - lisamarie - Borders

thorough and touching journey through the life of the king. i highly recommend it for truly deepening your understand of personalities within the middle eastern conflict! Read full review

Contents

The Hashemite Heritage
3
Murder of a Mentor
40
The Making of a King
61
The Baghdad Pact Fiasco
77
The Dismissal of Glubb
99
The Liberal Experiment
113
A Royal Coup
131
The Year of Revolution
155
The Camp David Accords
396
Lebanon and the Reagan Plan
412
Peace Partnership with the PLO
428
The London Agreement
446
Intifada and Disengagement
460
The Gulf Crisis and War
485
From Madrid to Oslo
514
Peace Treaty
539

Arab Foes and Jewish Friends
174
The Palestinian Challenge
204
The Road to War
225
Picking Up the Pieces
255
Dialogue Across the Battle Lines
281
Civil War
315
The United Arab Kingdom Plan
346
The October War
361
The Road to Rabat
376
The Kings Peace
554
Collision Course
567
The Last Journey
589
The Life and Legacy
616
Notes
624
Jordanian Secret Meetings with
671
Interviews
681
Index
696
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About the author (2009)

Avi Shlaim was born in Baghdad in 1945, grew up in Israel, and studied at Cambridge University and the London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of St. Antony’s College and a professor of international relations at the University of Oxford. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2006. His books include Collusion Across the Jordan: King Abdullah, the Zionist Movement, and the Partition of Palestine (winner of the Political Studies Association’s 1988 WJM Mackenzie Prize); The Politics of Partition; War and Peace in the Middle East: A Concise History; and The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World. He lives in Oxford.

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