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The Road to Jerusalem: Glubb Pasha, Palestine and the Jews
The Road to Jerusalem: Glubb Pasha, Palestine and the Jews
By Benny Morris
I. B. Tauris, 2002, 297 pp

The story of Glubb Pasha, like that of T. E. Lawrence, will ever attract attention. Both were subjects of the British Empire who "adopted" Arabs (or some of them) and then worked for those they chose to serve. It was a time when a British subject could be the long-time commander of an Arab army -- in Glubb's case, the Jordanian Arab Legion from 1939 to 1956. But did such men really see no conflict between service to both the United Kingdom and Arabs? This biography of Glubb pays close attention to his 36 years in Jordan, ending when King Hussein summarily dismissed him in 1956. From the vantage point of one pivotal player, it also reviews the three-part diplomacy and war revolving around the Arabs of Mandate Palestine, the Zionists, and the United Kingdom. The most detailed and interesting part of this book treats the time surrounding the 1948 war. Morris depicts Glubb as a competent commander, loyal to his "second country" (Jordan), and pragmatic enough to secure the West Bank for it in 1948.