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Libya: The Rise and Fall of Qaddafi [Kindle Edition]

Alison Pargeter
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For a reader unfamiliar with the history of Libya, Muammar Qaddafi might be mistaken for a character in fiction. His eccentric leadership as the nation's "Brother Leader," his repressive regime, sponsorship of terrorist violence, unique vision of the state, and relentless hold on power all seem implausibly extreme. This riveting book documents the extraordinary reality of Qaddafi's rise and 42-year reign. It also explores the tenacious popular uprising that finally defeated him and the possibilities for Libya as the future unfolds.

Alison Pargeter, an author with deep understanding of Libya's history and people, explains what led up to Qaddafi's bloodless coup in 1969 and how he proceeded to translate his highly personalized vision into political, economic, and social policy. She discusses his tight-knit networks, the crises he overcame—including sanctions after the Lockerbie bombing in 1988—as well as his astounding maneuverings in the early 2000s to restore tattered relations with the West. Pargeter provides a thoroughly fascinating analysis of the 2011 revolt and uncovers the full details of Qaddafi's downfall. She concludes by introducing the new power brokers in post-Qaddafi Libya as well as the variety of knotty challenges that now confront them.

About the Author

Alison Pargeter is an analyst and writer specializing in North Africa and the Middle East. She has held academic positions at the University of Cambridge and Kings College, London, and is a senior associate at Menas Associates, an international research consultancy. She is the author of The New Frontiers of Jihad: Radical Islam in Europe and The Muslim Brotherhood: The Burden of Tradition.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 924 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (27 Jun 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AUGNDK
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New 17 Sep 2013
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I lived in Libya during the last 5 years of his reign and therefore have a reasonable knowledge of the man, who I met twice, and his regime. This book, coming relatively late in the day, adds nothing new to that which can be found in earlier books to the point that I can not imagine what motivated the author to write this book. It might be interesting to the first time visitor to the Gaddhafi story but are there still such ignorant people in the world?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Western policy makers regarding Libya should read this book 29 Sep 2012
By John Allnutt - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very timely study of the Qaddafi regime's 42 year dictatorship. There have been several books about Libya while Qaddafi was in power but none boldly predicted when or how his regime would end. The arc of Ms. Pargeter's book is a cleanly written objective and historical account of the Qaddafi regime and its October 2011 demise when Qaddafi was found and summarily executed.
The book describes the various empires since ancient times that controlled the region we know as Libya. It then identifies the social, economic and political conditions following the end of World War II that would lead to an atmosphere ripe for Qaddafi's 1969 bloodless coup.
We are taken through the 1970s and 1980s and the Qadhafi regime's social experimentation, nationalization of industry, expulsion of Westerners and his pursuit of Gamal Nasser's Pan Arabism dream. Ms. Pargeter walks us through Qadhafi's foreign adventurism, particularly his efforts to make Libyans world-wide fear his wrath for criticism of his rule; his use of terrorism as a foreign policy tool and his ultimate confrontation with the United States and the West.
Ms. Pargeter continues the timeline into the 1990s when the West continued to treat his regime as a pariah state until Qadhafi allowed the turnover of the indicted suspects in the bombing of Pan Am 103 (otherwise referred to as the Lockerbie bombing). Ms. Pargeter also describes Qaddafi's efforts at "reform" since it appeared after 30 years of ruling he still had no fully content, obedient, happy population always willing to keep him in power. But the reform was always a ruse. Qaddafi's very westernized son Saif frequently campaigned in European circles that his father was going to allow more economic and political freedom. But it was always clear (to both Ms. Pargeter and an assortment of other Libya watchers) that Qadhafi was not going to allow any freedom that threatened his grip on power. And when the rattling of freedom protests became too loud in February 2011, Saif Qaddafi threw in his lot with his oppressive father and sealed the fate of both of them.
Although the book is less descriptive about the US-Libyan confrontation between 1980 and 1991 - and one can get more detail and explanation in other books about that bellicose relationship - it is, nevertheless an invaluable study of a country rich in oil and of economic interest to the West. Libya: The Rise and Fall of Qaddafi was released in early August 2012, a month before the terrorist attack on the US Mission in Benghazi. Because she describes the power vacuum in Libya since the demise of the Qaddafi regime, readers are afforded an opportunity to better understand the state of Libya before advocating an enormous Western intervention. Ms. Pargeter's primer should be required reading in the oil industry, as well as diplomatic, intelligence and military circles, in the United States and the UK.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Libya - Pargeter 14 Sep 2012
By Brian Dominic D'Monte - Published on Amazon.com
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excellent - a very well-written and interesting account of a country I lived in and enjoyed for more than two years; well-recommended to any one who has misconceptions about this terrific country
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent primer on post-independence Libya 18 Feb 2013
By Evin Ager - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Libya: The Rise and Fall of Qaddafi begins by covering a brief history of Libya and some of the events that shaped its society and culture up to independence in the aftermath of WW2. It then goes into the benefits and downfalls of King Idris, the monarch who ruled prior to Qaddafi. The meat of the book is dedicated to covering, as the name suggests, the rule and deposing of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi. The book breaks this into sections that cover the first decade of his rule and the various social, political, and economic changes he tried to institute. It then goes on to discuss his era of foreign policy clashes in the Middle East, Africa, and with the West. From there it talks about the crises that occurred in the late 1980's and 1990's as sanctions, a strong Islamic resurgence, and Qaddafi's inability to rule the country on any more than a whimsical level stressed the foundations of the country. Finally, the book covers Qaddafi and his families attempt to hold on to power with various attempts to bring the appearance of reform to the regime to both attract foreign investment and to stave off dissent at home. The last chapter covers the Arab Spring revolution that ousted him and the various impediments the new leaders have faced to creating a more united and democratic country in spite of Qaddafi's legacy that continues to loom over the populace.

This book is an great introduction for those interested in learning more about Libya post-independence and it's affect on the North African region. It is, by-and-large very well written and easy to read. This book only took me several days to get through, but gave me a good understanding of the general swath of Libyan history since 1945. It is certainly not aimed at an expert audience, but nor does it dumb down things too heavily either. The author does not reach any really ground-shaking conclusions (at least that I noticed), but instead succeeded in bringing an up-to-date, fairly comprehensive, and most importantly, cogent account of Libya's modern history to the marketplace.

Recommended for amateur historians looking for something outside their usual area of interest and those looking to learn a bit more about one of the countries overtaken in the Arab Spring.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A story to satisfy the mindset of certain audience, but it is not based on facts nor truth always. 19 Nov 2013
By LOTD - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It is clear that the author did some work, but I think it is not hard enough. I have read parts of the book... Where in some I found it interesting... In others, it is very clear that the author did not research well. She took for granted some events or "facts" from the wrong sources. In many places it was merely a reputation for what some media sources or people would say. Sometimes I don't know where the misleading facts came. One like Qaddafi's tribe originated from an Arabized Barbarian tribe is totally wrong. It originated from a Pure Arabic tribe who originally migrated to the region from The Arabian Peninsula. Another fact is that his tribe originated in Garyan region in Libya, where their grand grand father (Qaddaf Adam) is buried... That's also totally wrong, in fact the tribe came from the lands of Werfalla Tribe who originally owned the lands of Sirte and its surroundings. And Qaddaf Addam the grandfather of Qaddadfa is buried in Bani Walid the capital city of Werfalla Tribe... These are notes from the part I read.
All in all, it is nice to read and forms a story that the target audience of the book would accept. But it is not based on facts nor truth in every part.
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome realism 30 Dec 2012
By Spitfired - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This book makes us realize what monster the world was trying to accommodate up until very recently. It shows that even in our times when media make everything public, one man can still manage to build terrorizing dictatorships, stifle dissent and keep atrocities secret from the rest of the world's eyes. It shows how unbelievably hypocritical world leaders can be in letting these dysfunctional beings free to cause so much harm in the world. A dictator in a foreign culture is still inhuman. What goes around comes around.
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