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

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

Title: Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace
Author: Avi Shlaim
ISBN10: 1400078288
ISBN13: 978-1400078288
Publisher: Vintage (October 6, 2009)
Language: English
Subcategory: Politics & Government
Size PDF: 1630 kb
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Rating: 4.0/5
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Pages: 768 pages
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Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace by Avi Shlaim


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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.