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It was on Friday, July 20, 1951, the second of two days that my grandfather and I were spending in Jerusalem, that tragedy, the cruelest of all teachers, helped to transform me from a boy into a man". Thus begins the author’s account of the assassination of his grandfather King Abdullah, and his explanation of how at his grandfather’s insistence that he, Hussein, wear a un ...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 306 pages
Published 1962 by Bernard Geis Associates
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I looked up this book because I was interested to know what has happened to the house of Hashims, or Bani Hashim, the descendants of the Prophet Muhammad after Mecca was taken by the house of Saud.

This is an autobiography of King Hussein 1 of Jordan. It was easy to read and quite fascinating although I cannot help feeling tired after reading each escapade ...attempts on His Majesty's life and there were quite a few. I cannot imagine being His Majesty's shoes.

The story began quite care freely, th
It's a good book that covers the tumultuous early life and first few years of King Hussein's rule. The writing is warm, conversational, welcoming, and refreshingly unassuming.

Occasionally the book veers into self aggrandizement, but the tone is so casual, it tends not to come across as arrogant. It can be somewhat jarring for a Western reader (though I did spend a semester in Jordan) to read about a King talking about the importance of democracy.

Given the niche nature of the book; I am not sur
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King Hussein bin Talal (1935-1999)
(Arabic:الحسين بن طلال)

His Majesty King Hussein bin Talal, the father of modern Jordan, will always be remembered as a leader who guided his country through strife and turmoil to become an oasis of peace, stability and moderation in the Middle East. Among Jordanians, his memory is cherished as the inspiration for Jordan's climate of openness, tolerance and compass
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