Hussein of Jordan, HM King. Uneasy Lies the Head. London: Heinemann, 1962.

"It was on Friday, July 20, 1951, the second of two days that my grandfather and I were spending in Jerusalem, that tragedy, the cruelest of all teachers, helped to transform me from a boy into a man". Thus begins the author’s account of the assassination of his grandfather King Abdullah, and his explanation of how at his grandfather’s insistence that he, Hussein, wear a uniform, saved the author’s life.

This autobiography by King Hussein comprehensively reproduces the early years of his reign up to 1962, providing a fascinating insight into the growth and development of the kingdom and the beginnings of the Palestinian tragedy.