The dramatic and inspiring story of an American woman's remarkable journey into the heart of a man and his nation.
In 1976, while visiting her father in Jordan, Lisa Halaby was casually introduced on the airport runway to King Hussein. Widely admired in the Arab world as a voice of moderation, and for his direct lineage to the prophet Muhammad, Hussein would soon become the world's most eligible bachelor after the tragic death of his wife. The next time they met, Hussein would fall headlong in love with the athletic, outspoken daughter of his longtime friend. After a whirlwind, secret courtship, Lisa Halaby became Noor Al Hussein, Queen of Jordan.
This is the story of a young American woman who became wife and partner to an Arab monarch. It provides a compelling portrait of the late King Hussein and his lifelong effort to bring peace to his war-torn region, and an insider's view of the growing gulf between the United States and the Arab nations. It is also the refreshingly candid story of a mother coming to terms with the demands the king's role as a world statesman placed on her family's private life. But most of all it is a love story - the intimate account of a woman who lost her heart to a king, and to his people....Continua
While at times more of a history of the Arab/Islamic world, or a biography of her husband, King Hussien of Jordan, I found Queen Noor's memoir engaging. Her Majesty's grace and eloquence opens the mind to a different perspective of the trial and tribulations of the Holy Land and wonderful insight in to her unique position on the world stage. She remains a staunch advocate for the Jordanian people throughout, but it was her personal anecdotes of life with her family that were most touching. Although the reader, Suzanne Toren does a great job of capturing the spirit of the author, the switch was disappointing after hearing Queen Noor read the introduction. I really wish Noor had read the whole thing herself....Continua