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Lion of Jordan : the life of King Hussein in war and peace

Author: Avi Shlaim
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: During his long reign (1953-1999), King Hussein of Jordan was one of the most dominant figures in Middle Eastern politics and a consistent proponent of peace with Israel. This is the first major account of his life, written with access to his official documents and with the cooperation (but not approval) of his family and staff, and also extensive interviews with international policy makers. For  Read more...
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Shlaim, Avi.
Lion of Jordan.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2008
(OCoLC)648502503
Named Person: Hussein, King of Jordan; Ḥusayn, roi de Jordanie; Hussein, King of Jordan; König Hussein (Jordanien; König II ) Husain (Jordanien
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Avi Shlaim
ISBN: 9781400043057 1400043050
OCLC Number: 212855040
Description: xxi, 723 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The Hashemite heritage --
Murder of a mentor --
The making of a king --
The Baghdad pact fiasco --
The dismissal of Glubb --
The liberal experiment --
A royal coup --
The year of revolution --
Arab foes and Jewish friends --
The Palestinian challenge --
The road to war --
Picking up the pieces --
Dialogue across the battle lines --
Civil war --
The United Arab Kingdom plan --
The October War --
The road to Rabat --
The Camp David Accords --
Lebanon and the Reagan Plan --
Peace partnership with the PLO --
The London Agreement --
Intifada and disengagement --
The Gulf Crisis and war --
From Madrid to Oslo --
Peace treaty --
The King's peace --
Collision course --
The last journey --
Epilogue : the life and legacy --
Jordanian secret meetings with Israeli officials --
The Hashemite Dynasty --
Chronology --
Interviews.
Responsibility: Avi Shlaim.
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From the Publisher: During his long reign (1953-1999), King Hussein of Jordan was one of the most dominant figures in Middle Eastern politics and a consistent proponent of peace with Israel. This is the first major account of his life, written with access to his official documents and with the cooperation (but not approval) of his family and staff, and also extensive interviews with international policy makers. For more than forty years, Hussein walked a tightrope between the Palestinians and Arab radicals on the one hand and Israel on the other. Avi Shlaim reveals that, for the sake of dynastic and national survival, Hussein initiated a secret dialogue with Israel in 1963 that encompassed more than one thousand hours with Golda Meir, Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Shamir, Yitzhak Rabin, and countless others. Shlaim reconstructs this dialogue across battle lines from previously untapped Israeli records and the firsthand accounts of key participants, and makes clear that it was Israeli intransigence that was largely responsible for the failure to achieve a peaceful settlement between 1967 and 1994. At Hussein's memorial service at St. Paul's Cathedral, the Prince of Wales hailed him as "a man amongst men, a king amongst kings." Lion of Jordan illuminates the triumphs and disappointments, the qualities and character of this extraordinary soldier and statesman, and significantly rewrites the history of the Middle East over the past fifty years.

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