I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was eye-opening on the Arab people and how the US Middle-East policy is viewed. The book inspired me to learn more about Queen Noor and she is my hero. This book is my favorite book of the year and it will be a Christmas present for many of my family members.
Queen SNORE should be the name of the author--it takes a leap of faith to make it to the end. Queen Noor gives up very little about herself and her inner life as Queen of Jordan, which is what most readers would want to know. She just yammers on about politics, blah blah--but she does not give up the goods. Skip it.
I was hoping to learn what an American woman, post lib, would have to say about becoming a Muslim, especially since this was not her traditional faith growing up. The good and/or bad. I was hoping for more detail on living in a traditional Arab society, adjusting to being a queen. However, I came to feel there was little adjustment on Queen Noor's part. I found her to be VERY full of herself and appeared to fall very naturally into the role of a queen. I found the book to be a quite one sided view of the Middle East situation--with Arab and Muslim peoples seemingly repeatedly being victimized by Israeli and American unprovoked attacks. There is plenty of blame to go around on all sides of this horrible history of violence but Queen Noor almost always explains away any Arab violence as simply a response to intial Israeli or American misdeeds. I would not recommend this book.
I have always been curious about Queen Noor's life, after finding out she was American. This book is very interesting...not just the memoirs of her life, but also the history of Jordan, and the Arab world. This was a refreshing look at history in the Middle East. I would have enjoyed it more if Queen Noor had read the entire book, but the reader was not unpleasant to listen to.
Her Majesty Queen Noor currently divides her time between Jordan, London, and Washington, D.C.