Sparrow, Gerald. Hussein of Jordan London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, 1960

The close-up portrait of King Hussein in this authorized biography shows the enormous part played by his purely personal qualities in the Middle East politics. What makes this king all the more remarkable is his youth. He was only eighteen when he came to the throne, and at twenty-five he has succeeded where a more experienced ruler might have failed. This quiet man, of graceful manners, Harrow-educated and Sandhurst-trained, has kept his courage and poise in the face of the most gigantic problems. The author, who knows King Hussein well, shows how he has dealt with these problems, and in doing so throws new light on events of world-wide interest.