The problem is that once you have gotten your nifty new product, the lion of jordan shlaim avi gets a brief glance, maybe a once over, but it often tends to get discarded or lost with the original packaging. At Hussein's memorial service at St. This is the first major account of his life and reign, written with access to many of his surviving papers, with the co-operation but not approval of his family and staff, and extensive interviews with policy-makers of many different nationalities. The king's diplomatic efforts, as he himself repeatedly said, were all too frequently ineffectual. There were few important events in the region in which he did not play a role, from the Suez crisis in 1956, when Israel, Britain and France invaded Egypt, to the bungled attempt 40 years later by the C. I found the book slightly boring in the beginning, but then, somewhere around the Olso accord, the book became a page-turner.
What they do confirm is Hussein's reputation for being a highly intelligent and kindhearted man, surely the most attractive of recent Middle Eastern leaders, though the competition here is scarcely very stiff. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information. The Jordanian Army had been built up by the British general John Bagot Glubb, who was viewed by foreigners and Jordanians alike as the power behind the throne. Clinton in turn asked for the help of Rabin. It needs time and attention to it, as the amount of facts and their precision require time to digest. A particularly valuable account of Hussein s relations with Israel and the Palestinians. 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.
Throughout his long reign 1953—1999 , Hussein remained a dominant figure in Middle Eastern politics and a consistent proponent of peace with Israel. He returned to Israel in the mid-1960s to serve in the , then moved back to England in 1966 to read history at. Avi Shlaim reveals that Hussein initiated a secret dialogue with Israel in 1963 and spent hundreds of hours in talks with countless Israeli officials. His father was an importer of building materials with ties to the Iraqi leadership, including then-prime minister. Fascinated by the country and the people, I wanted to know more about them. His academic interest in the history of Israel began in 1982, when Israeli government archives about the were opened, an interest that deepened when he became a fellow of in 1987.
Throughout his long reign 1953—1999 , Hussein remained a dominant figure in Middle Eastern politics and a consistent proponent of peace with Israel. Step by step, he guides us through the opportunities the players did not miss a chance to miss. The United States had long replaced Britain as Hussein's main foreign mentor, and Washington's political, military and financial backing was essential to him. It gave the lie to Arab nationalist critics who denounced him as a stooge for the British and the Americans or a treacherous collaborator with Israel, though he cultivated close relations with all three. It makes an American with an open mind a little uncomfortable with the actions of our leaders - congressional, but also presidents. The first major account of the life of an extraordinary soldier and statesman, King Hussein of Jordan. Shlaim left Israel for England at the age of 16 to study at a Jewish school.
In his personal dealings, most strikingly with the Israelis, he was especially gracious. Avi Shlaim does an excellent job on analyzing the King and his actions from the day he reached the thrown until the last moments on his deathbed. He held a British Academy Research Readership in 1995—97 and a Research Professorship in 2003—2006. A particularly valuable account of Hussein's relations with Israel and the Palestinians. Two new perspectives on the man who ruled Jordan for nearly half a century uncover his heroic efforts to bring stability to the region. A thought-provoking study of the life of King Hussein of Jordan examines the dominant role of the Jordanian leader in Middle Eastern politics during his long reign, his secret dialogue with Israeli leaders beginning in 1963, his role as a consistent proponent of peace with Israel, and his lasting legacy for the Middle East.
For over forty years he walked a tightrope between Palestinians and Arab radicals on the one hand and Israel on the other. Antony's College, a member of the British Academy and a Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford. Middle Eastern politics is endlessly complex. Shlaim is considered one of Israel's New Historians, a group of Israeli scholars who put forward critical interpretations of the history of Zionism and Israel. In a region of military regimes he had the loyalty of the army, which drew many of its officers and men from Bedouin tribes of Jordan. I was interested in reading of familiar events from a different perspective than the one I got from the media in South Africa when they were taking place.
A truly extrodinary account of every detail of King Hussien's lifelong quest for a place for his kingdom at the table of respected nations of the world - primarily by pushing for peace in his region at any cost most often through secret contact with his Israeli nemeses. If you are looking for a biography full of personal details and dirty laundry, find something else to r I've bought this book on my trip to Jordan. Underlying motives, background, emotions and the lifelong struggle are all there. Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace Avi Shlaim. About Lion of Jordan The first major account of the life of an extraordinary soldier and statesman, King Hussein of Jordan.
Wall Street Journal A highly readable account of the courageous, astute and sometimes impulsive leader of an impecunious and insignificant desert kingdom. These are some of the examples, perhaps not the most important, but nevertheless revealing on why I thought this an outstanding book on the life of King Hussein. Shlaim has a particularly valuable account of Hussein's relations with Israel and the Palestinians, while Ashton is very interesting on Hussein's relations with Iraq and the wider Arab world. 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. A powerful, richly researched history. King Hussein's whole life was spent in foreign affairs, and his story becomes the story of the Middle East over half a century. Shlaim s blow-by-blow account of Hussein s career reads as a somberly addictive saga.
King Hussein s whole life was spent in foreign affairs, and his story becomes the story of the Middle East over half a century. By Avi Shlaim, in Wm. Letter to the editor signed by over 300 academics, writers, and others. Shlaim's book gives us a better understanding of a major politician. If there was any collusion against the Palestinians in 1948, it was not concocted by Israel and Abdullah but rather, by Britain and Transjordan. Hussein was constantly underestimated and shoved aside, while American diplomats such as George Shultz and Henry Kissinger and presidents from Eisenhower to Clinton viewed him as a minor character in the larger drama of world politics.
King Hussein, in his correct judgment believed the agreement Arafat reached with Israel was vague, imprecise, and that substantive issues Jerusalem, borders, refugees were not addressed in the accord but left for future negotiations. It's not something that you read in a day or even in a week. He is emeritus professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford and a fellow of the British Academy. 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. I think Avi Shlaim did a superb job, providing very balanced and informative account of the history of Jordan in general and the life of King Hussein in particular. He has worried his way through subterfuge and mendacity, terrorist threat and open warfare, to establish Hussein's credentials as a genuine champion of peace.