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Hussein and Abdullah: Inside the Jordanian Royal Family Hardcover – May 1, 2010

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'In a part of the world where journalism is a dangerous buisness, Randa Habib is courageous, considered and influential. By being there to write the stories of Jordan and the region, she has shaped history as much as she has revealed it. In her profession, Habib is a star.' Paul McGeough,author of 'Kill Khalid' Jordan is an important country because it is part of the Palestine triangle alongside Israel and the Palestinians. Yet it receives only limited media coverage. Randa Habib is a French journalist of Lebanese origins who had headed the office of the Agence France Presse in Jordan since 1987. She enjoyed unparalleled access to the late King Hussein and to his son and heir, Abdullah II. The personal angle works really well and makes this a highly informative source on the recent history of Jordan. Ms Habib's eye for detail and keen sense of drama combine to make The Hashemite Legacy not just a useful record but also a fascinating book to read. Avi Shlaim, author of 'Lion of jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace' 'Precise and concise - Habib was a privileged witness to much confidential information.' Le Monde

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Randa Habib, a French journalist of Lebanese origin, has spent twenty-five years covering war, politics and economic development in the Middle East. Director of the Amman bureau of Agence France Presse since 1987, she has reported extensively in Iraq and other areas of conflict and interviewed royalty and leaders throughout the region.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Saqi Books (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863566847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863566844
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,337,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Randa Habib is a legendary journalist that is well-qualified to write about Jordan and the country's two most recent kings. Many of the historical events that she recounts are well-known to scholars of the region, but she also includes subtle insights and anecdotes that add new life to familiar history. Many of her anecdotes are interesting, and some are funny. Some of these stories also do an exceptionally good job of illustrating larger points about King Hussein and his son King Abdullah. While Habib is openly sentimental about King Hussein's years in power, she is cooler in her analysis of King Abdullah. While she certainly has every right to criticize Abdullah for his approach to governance, he may nevertheless deserve a little more context and sympathy for the problems he is facing. Please see my review in Middle East Journal (Autumn 2011) for a more in-depth review. W Andrew Terrill, Ph.D.
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