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

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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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About Avi Shlaim

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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.
 
Published September 9, 2008 by Vintage. 752 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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All were to some degree hostile to Israel, though once Jordan tasted defeat in the 1967 war—a conflict, Shlaim writes, born of “Arab overconfidence and Arab overbidding” that proved largely that the Arab states “cannot act separately and they cannot act collectively”—Hussein became increasingly c...

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Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace by Avi Shlaim 697pp, Allen Lane, £30 King Hussein bin Talal of Jordan was a man with two great gifts: charm and courage.

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(Indeed, not only is there is some overlap between the two books but Shlaim’s assessment of Hussein accords roughly with the one he gives of the moderate Israeli foreign minister, Moshe Sharett, in The Iron Wall.) While Ben Gurion eventually faded from power, Hussein dominated Jordanian politic...

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