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Libya: The History of Gaddafi's Pariah State [Kindle Edition]

John Oakes
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How Libya has evolved from Ottoman province to international pariah to seething cauldron of rebellion. For more than four decades, Libya has been something of an enigma to outsiders. Ruled by the despotic and unstable Muammar Gaddafi since he led a military coup in 1969, it has vast oil wealth and one of the highest standards of living in Africa. Yet it has also been one of the most prolific state sponsors of terrorism (supplying arms and explosives to the IRA, perpetrating the Lockerbie bombing) and dissent has, until recently, been crushed ruthlessly. In early 2011 a popular uprising against Gaddafi, a dictator nicknamed 'Mad Dog' by Ronald Reagan, finally looks as if he might be toppled from power, as the wind of change blows through North Africa and the Middle East. John Oakes, who lived and worked in Libya for eight years before the revolution, provides an essential guide to the country and its history, including what led Gaddafi to make Libya an international pariah and the events of the 2011 revolt.

About the Author

John Oakes served in the RAF before becoming a teacher. He lived and worked in the Kingdom of Libya for eight years before the 1969 coup and has kept in touch with events there ever since. He is the author of Kitchener's Lost Boys.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1132 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (16 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XH8QG
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and interesting 7 May 2012
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I found this a very readable overview of the history of Libya. The sections about the second half of the twentieth century are obviously the era about which the writer knows most and these are particularly interesting, although also perhaps the most subjective. A good, bite-sized introduction to the country.
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4.0 out of 5 stars it is very good item 15 Dec 2013
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