Jordan's King Hussein is still under thirty, but what a life he has lead and with what youthful ardor! Page after page couples international intrigues with playing field ingenuousness, royal profundities about ""my people"" and ""my homeland"" plus enthusiasms, honor-bright legislations. Personal, provocative, peppery: a triple treat everyone should enjoy, even dry-as-dust historians. There's Abdullah, the grandfather and the great influence, assassinated before Hussein's very eyes; Tallal, the schizoid papa, resulting in Hussein's accession to the throne when barely 18; comradeship at Harrow, discipline at Sandhurst; fast cars and solo flights; failure in the first marriage, romance in the second. Hussein strives to remove all barriers, to weather the continual crises of Middle East affairs; Zionism's expansionist policies, the Palestine tragedy, the Soviet-Egyptian arms deal, the Syria Mig attack, the attempted '58 coup d'etat and King Feisal's death, the summer of '60 blow-up (Jordan's Prime Minister and 12 others slaughtered); Nasser as nemesis, Ali Abu Nuwar as traitor; finally the much-publicized dismissal of legendary Glubb Pasha. Everything's here, including frankness. Richard Halliburton might have been the King's mentor, Eric Ambler his ghost writer. Certainly a first in blue-blooded memoirs.