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Leap of Faith: Memoirs of an Unexpected Life

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ISBN13: 9780786867172
ISBN10: 0786867175
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Leap of Faith is the dramatic and inspiring story of an American woman's remarkable journey into the heart of a man and his nation.

Born into a distinguished Arab-American family and raised amid privilege, Lisa Halaby joined the first freshman class at Princeton to accept women, graduating in 1974 with a degree in architecture and urban planning. Two years later, while visiting her father in Jordan, she 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.

With eloquence and candor, Queen Noor speaks of the obstacles she faced as a naive young bride in the royal court, of rebelling against the smothering embrace of security guards and palace life, and of her own successful struggle to create a working role as a humanitarian activist in a court that simply expected Noor to keep her husband happy. As she gradually took on the mantle of a queen, Noor's joys and challenges grew. After a heartbreaking miscarriage, she gave birth to four children. Meshing the demands of motherhood with the commitments of her position often proved difficult, but she tried to keep her young children by her side, even while flying the world with her husband in his relentless quest for peace. This mission would reap satisfying rewards, including greater Arab unity and a peace treaty with Israel, and suffer such terrible setbacks as the Gulf War and the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin.

Leap of Faith is a remarkable document. It 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 wartorn 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.

Review:

"A compelling memoir....If Queen Noor's object was to make the Arab world more human and understandable, she has succeeded." USA Today

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"Extremely eloquent, very personal, very candid." Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America

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"Her pleasing memoir ends with the king's death after his struggle with cancer, although readers may suspect that this smart, courageous woman will remain a world presence for years to come." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Sharing a personal perspective on the past three decades of world history, Queen Noor talks frankly of the many challenges of her life as wife and partner to the monarch, providing an intimate portrait of the late King and a moving account of their public role. 16-page photo insert.

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LauraAdams, September 25, 2008 (view all comments by LauraAdams)
This book was more of a history lesson in the Middle Eastern Countries and their conflicts within than a personal memoir. It was much too in depth for me. I enjoyed the personal narratives of the book when she described her early life, courtship and marriage to King Hussein but didn't enjoy the continuos history lesson which consumed the majority of the book. I did finish the book with a wonderful impression of the Queen Noor and King Hussein but bored with the book in general.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780786867172
Author:
Queen Noor Al-Hussein of Jordan
Publisher:
Miramax Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Queens
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Rich & Famous
Subject:
Kings and rulers
Subject:
Jordan
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Queens - Jordan
Subject:
Jordan - Politics and government - 1952-1999
Subject:
Biography-Royalty
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
TR-01-10
Publication Date:
20030331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 29.68 oz
Age Level:
Adult

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Product details 480 pages Hyperion Books - English 9780786867172 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A compelling memoir....If Queen Noor's object was to make the Arab world more human and understandable, she has succeeded."
"Review" by , "Extremely eloquent, very personal, very candid."
"Review" by , "Her pleasing memoir ends with the king's death after his struggle with cancer, although readers may suspect that this smart, courageous woman will remain a world presence for years to come."
"Synopsis" by , Sharing a personal perspective on the past three decades of world history, Queen Noor talks frankly of the many challenges of her life as wife and partner to the monarch, providing an intimate portrait of the late King and a moving account of their public role. 16-page photo insert.
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