Salibi, Kamal. The Modern History of Jordan. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1993.

In this political history of the nation, the author gives an account of how Jordan transformed into one of the most stable and modern countries in the Middle East. Kamal Salibi traces the story of modern Jordan, focusing in the earlier chapters on the life and character of King Abdullah. The book goes on to look at the far-reaching implications for Jordan of the Palestinian tragedy and a constantly tense relationship with neighboring Israel, the effect on Jordan of the Suez Crisis, the Arab-Israeli War of 1967 and the Gulf War of 1991. This book explores the ways in which King Hussein, the longest serving head of state in the world, has guided the country through these difficult times to introduce democracy in 1988.