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King Hussein of Jordan. Source: the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration website. According to the NARA site, use of this photo is unrestricted.


Books About King Hussein

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King Hussein

King Hussein of Jordan: A Political Life by Nigel Ashton. The author had unique access to King Hussein's private papers, and also conducted interviews with members of Hussein's circle and immediate family.

Lion of Jordan by Avi Shlaim. The first major account of King Hussein's life and reign, written with access to many of his surviving papers, cooperation from his family and staff, and extensive interviews with international policy-makers.

Hussein and Abdullah: Inside the Jordanian Royal Family by Randa Habib. During his 46-year reign, King Hussein of Jordan preserved his kingdom and maintained its neutrality. Today, King Abdullah II is following in his father's footsteps. The author draws on 25 years of access to King Hussein to tell the story of his era and modern Jordan.

Uneasy Lies the Head by His Majesty King Hussein I of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. This is King Hussein's autobiography, published in 1962. Available from Alibris.

King Hussein: A Life on the Edge by Roland Dallas. A biography. Out of print, but sometimes available from Alibris.

Jordan: A Hashemite Legacy by Beverly Milton-Edwards, Peter Hinchcliffe. An overview of the history of Jordan and its role in a region. The main focus is on King Hussein's reign.

Hussein: A Biography by Peter John Snow. Published in 1972. Out of print, but sometimes available from Alibris.

Hussein & Politics

The Political Legacy of King Hussein by Alexander Bligh. Focuses on Hussein's deep concern for the future of the monarchy, and the convictions which affected his strategic decisions.

King Hussein's Strategy of Survival by Uriel Dann. This political history examines the formative years of the Jordanian state and the reasons for its durability.

King Hussein and the Evolution of Jordan's Perception of a Political Settlement With Israel, 1967-1988 by Joseph Nevo. Concludes that even though Jordan failed to obtain its declared goals, King Hussein's contribution to seeking a politically-oriented solution was invaluable.

Anglo-American Support for Jordan: The Career of King Hussein by Miriam Joyce. Focuses on US-UK relations with Jordan for the entire period of King Hussein's reign, explaining Hussein's successes and failures.

British Military Intervention and the Struggle for Jordan: King Hussein, Nasser and the Middle East Crisis, 1955-1958 by Steph Blackwell. Challenges the traditional perception that the Suez Crisis of 1956 marked the end of Britain's moment in the Middle East.

Queen Noor

Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor. Autobiography of the American wife of Jordan's late King Hussein. She discusses obstacles she faced as a royal bride, her rebellion against palace life, and her struggle to create a role as a humanitarian activist.

Reina Noor: Memorias by Queen Noor. The autobiography of Queen Noor, translated into Spanish.

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Children's Books

Queen Noor by Susan Muaddi Darraj. Biography for children ages 9 to 12.

Queen Noor: American-Born Queen of Jordan by Lucia Raatma. Biography for children ages 9 to 12.

The King's Gift by Queen Rania Al-Abdullah. A children's book about King Hussein written by his daughter-in-law. Out of print, but available from Alibris.

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On DVD

These documentaries are formatted for North American audiences.

His Majesty King Hussein is a 1998 video about the king.

Queen Noor: Between Two Realms. The life of the American-born beauty who married King Hussein.

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Other Websites

His Majesty King Hussein I of Jordan (official site)
King Hussein Foundation
Hussein: A Lifetime Balancing Act
King Hussein: A Man of Peace
www.princehamzah.jo (does not allow links to site)
Her Royal Highness Princess Aisha Bint Al Hussein



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