Jordan has not escaped dissent but Abdullah has also shown a quicker understanding of what has been required in the short term... But the long term problems remain: a small state with a $20bn debt and a population where six decades of Palestinian refugee immigration has made the ruling Bedouin families who control the military almost a minority. The king, again, does not shrink from these problems and the need to tackle them... This first effort is well and colourfully written... I look forward to more books, hopefully outlining how he and his nation found a peaceful middle way out of this year of Arab unrest -- Alasdair Buchan Diplomat
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About the Author
King Abdullah II spent his formative years in the United States, where he went to Eaglebrook and Deerfield, and in England, where he trained to be an officer at Sandhurst. A cavalry officer in the Jordanian army, he eventually became commander of the Jordanian Special Forces, a position that allowed him to forge invaluable relationships with intelligence and military offices around the world. The head of the Hashemite family, he is a forty-third generation direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammad. His family ruled the holy city of Mecca for more than eight hundred years and his great-grandfather led the Arab revolt for independence from Ottoman rule.