Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2008 - 723 páginas

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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A balanced, clear and well-researched life of Hussein that squarely places his life within the broader context of Mid-East politics, history and conflict. Leer reseña completa

wonderful

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thorough and touching journey through the life of the king. i highly recommend it for truly deepening your understand of personalities within the middle eastern conflict! Leer reseña completa

Índice

The Hashemite Heritage
3
Murder of a Mentor
40
The Making of a King
61
The Baghdad Pact Fiasco
77
The Dismissal of Glubb
99
The Liberal Experiment
113
A Royal Coup
131
The Year of Revolution
155
The Camp David Accords
396
Lebanon and the Reagan Plan
412
Peace Partnership with the PLO
428
The London Agreement
446
Intifada and Disengagement
460
The Gulf Crisis and War
485
From Madrid to Oslo
514
Peace Treaty
539

Arab Foes and Jewish Friends
174
The Palestinian Challenge
204
The Road to War
225
Picking Up the Pieces
255
Dialogue Across the Battle Lines
281
Civil War
315
The United Arab Kingdom Plan
346
The October War
361
The Road to Rabat
376
The Kings Peace
554
Collision Course
567
The Last Journey
589
The Life and Legacy
616
Notes
624
Jordanian Secret Meetings with
671
Interviews
681
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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. Anthony'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 includeCollusion 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;andThe Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World.He lives in Oxford.

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