JORDAN: Brave Young King

As a boy of 15, he had seen assassins shoot down his grandfather, King Abdullah, before Jerusalem's Mosque of the Rock; legend has it that the boy stood erect and defiant as the King's bodyguard fell to the ground in fright. As a lad of 16, he had seen his mad father, Crown Prince Talal, removed from the throne. At 18, slight, down-mustached Hussein became King of the impoverished desert kingdom of Jordan. Most of his country's people—the 900,000 Palestinians incorporated into his kingdom after Israel became a nation—plainly felt no loyalty to King or kingdom. His most trusted...

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