10.03.2005

Review: Leap of Faith



Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life by Queen Noor

This autobiography has long been on my to-read list, and it was well worth the wait.

Queen Noor, born Lisa Halaby in America, chronicles the twists and turns that took her from an education at Princeton to a marriage to King Hussein, the leader of Jordan. This fascinating account ranges from their courtship to her family, to all the peace problems in the Middle East to Hussein's final years. Never too sappy nor too textbook-y, this book does a fine job of balancing (and educating) the topics contained within - Palestine, peace, leadership and globetrotting.

Hussein was a moderate, a peacemaker, and a beloved leader. Noor was his wife for 21 years, and throughout this book, you can't help but wish he was still striking peace accords with Noor by his side.

A wonderful, well written, interesting, fascinating glimpse at an amazing life and marriage. Highly recommended!

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