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Leap of Faith  by Noor Al-Hussein
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May 18, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: owned-audiobook, 2012, 4-stars, cultural, memoir, non-fiction
Recommended to Maria by: Ruth Martis
Read from January 21 to February 08, 2012 , read count: 1

A fascinating book about an amazing love story. American-born Lisa ends up being married to King Hussein of Jordan and changing her name to Noor Al-Hussein - the light of Hussein.

The book spans from the early 1960s to the late 1990s and as such deals heavily with the various conflicts in the Middle East of those years. It gives a very different view on certain events than one usually hears, and made me question some things I had otherwise taken for granted. I know "history is written by the winners", but neither the USA nor Israel come out of this smelling like roses.

But though very political, the main attraction to me was the personal aspect - hearing life of royalty described by one of their own. Queen Noor Al-Hussein comes across as a charming and charismatic woman who ended up being a definite asset to Jordan.

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Heather Truett I have a friend named Noor. I loved when she spoke Arabic at work. People would think it was Spanish and get really confused.

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