Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

King Hussein of Jordan: A Political Life

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

King Hussein of Jordan: A Political Life

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King Hussein of Jordan: A Political Life. By Nigel Ashton. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008. 431 pp. $35.

Ashton, a senior lecturer in the department of international history at the London School of Economics, has previously written on the political dimensions of U.S and U.K. dealings with Gamal Abdel Nasser's brand of Arab nationalism. Now, to write an original biography of Jordan's Hussein (1935-99), he received special permission for "unfettered" access to the king's correspondence.

Given the pace of the narrative, which details the high-speed world of Hussein and the Middle East maelstrom he lived in, events and arguments beg further attention and analysis. The king reigned for forty-seven years, married four times, flew airplanes, and enjoyed driving fast cars in between fighting one war against Israel (1967) and another against Yasser Arafat's Palestine Liberation Organization (1970), having already dealt with other threats such as the Nasserite crises of 1958. The king made peace with Israel in 1994 and proved a reasonably stable ally to the West, transforming the kingdom from a land of Bedouins and Palestinian refugees to a stable and moderate Arab monarchy. …

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