This book uncovers the true force behind most of the political processes in the Middle East over almost half a century. Through constant confrontations and negotiations with Israel and the Palestinians, under the watchful eye of the United States, the King managed to create a new Middle Eastern nation-state: the Jordanian country and its people. The focus of the book is Husseins deep concern for the future of the last Hashemite monarchy, together with his own set of personal and ideological convictions, as they impacted on many of his strategic decisions and their contribution to the formation of present-day Jordan.
Contents: Foreword by Robert B. Satloff; Introduction; The Hashemite-Palestinian Crisis of April 1963; The Israeli-Jordanian Military Confrontation of November 1966: A Prelude to the 1967 War; Jordan in the 1967 War: A Political Victory which Guaranteed the Survival of the Kingdom; Jordanian Composite Nationalism; Is Peace Without the Territories Possible? Hussein's Reading of the Palestinian Issue between the Six Day War and UN Resolution; The Israeli and Palestinian Challenge; The 1970s: From a Survival Struggle to the Consolidation of Political Success; The Palestinian Decade and the Final Closing of the West Bank Issue; From the Gulf War to Peace, and the Road to Democracy; Conclusion; Index.