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

By Avi Shlaim

For many of his lengthy reign (1953-1999) Hussein of Jordan was once one of many dominant figures in center jap politics, its so much non-stop presence, and some of the most constant proponents of peace with Israel. this can be the 1st significant account of his lifestyles and reign, written with entry to lots of his surviving papers, with the co-operation (but now not approval) of his kin and employees, and huge interviews with policy-makers of many alternative nationalities.

About the Author:
Avi Shlaim was once born in Baghdad in 1945; grew up in Israel; and got his college schooling at Cambridge and the LSE. he's a Fellow of St. Antony's university, a member of the British Academy and a Professor of diplomacy on the collage of Oxford. earlier books comprise Collusion around the Jordan: King Abdullah, The Zionist circulate, and the Partition of Palestine (Winner of the Political reports Association's WJM Mackenzie Prize, 1988), battle and Peace within the center East: A Concise historical past (1995) and The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab international (2000).

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She was careful about getting in other people’s way, afraid of inconveniencing them. ”16 When it came time for Pinkhas to marry, Shmuel hired a matchmaker. 17 Like his father, Pinkhas also married a woman whose father could support his studies. Pinkhas was not destined to become a scholar, but the match was wise in another way: Mania’s jewels would salvage her family from the coming war. By traditional reckoning, Mania’s father, Isaac Krimgold, was not a good Jew, and so what might have been a straightforward marriage became a complicated amorous history.

16 When it came time for Pinkhas to marry, Shmuel hired a matchmaker. 17 Like his father, Pinkhas also married a woman whose father could support his studies. Pinkhas was not destined to become a scholar, but the match was wise in another way: Mania’s jewels would salvage her family from the coming war. By traditional reckoning, Mania’s father, Isaac Krimgold, was not a good Jew, and so what might have been a straightforward marriage became a complicated amorous history. As a young man, he had met Mania’s mother, Charna Rabin, at a wedding party.

14 This was possible because, according to custom, he had married a rich woman, Heived, or Eve. Learned men were sought-after husbands for the daughters of richer, but presumably less refined, families. “The rich parents supported the pair, enjoyed their offsprings and basked in the glory and respect of the son-in-law, who continued his studies,” wrote Nathan Hofferman. These marriages between poor men of scholarly background and richer girls from merchant families were neither unequal nor uncommon.

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