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on 7 May 2012
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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on 19 November 2014
Libya – The History of Gaddafi’s Pariah State.

Fundamentally I found the actual title somewhat misleading. It clearly states or suggests that the book is about the period of Gaddafi’s rule (Pariah State) – post September 1969.

Furthermore, the introduction from the Amazon site supports this suggestion or impression - and even the short synopsis printed upon the rear of the book commences with: Gaddafi’s brilliant coup etc.

However, more than the first half of the book gives a history of the country from pre Roman times and there onward.

Although there is an historical degree of interest contained within the first half – most of the informative detail is acknowledged from ‘other authors and their respective books’.

The book is made up of 179 pages – but much to my surprise Gaddafi’s chronological antecedence as a child and young man continue (after Libya’s history) to page 125 – leaving little room for the period of September 1969 and onward - for which Gaddafi is ultimately renowned.

That leaves 54 pages to commit over 42 years of his infamous and tyrannical rule – and hence his Pariah State.

I believe that many authors could write volumes on an individual so colourful and brutal as Gaddafi – and perhaps more so, as he had such a controversial courtship with many world leaders and UK Dignitaries!

(I use the word dignitaries as a label and not as a compliment)

The remaining 54 pages are an equal disappointment – in my honest opinion the detail is of little interest and nothing more than a ‘cut and paste’ of information already well known and well documented.

Undoubtedly, the book could be read objectively by a great many readers – who in turn could quite rightly offer differing opinion. I also acknowledge that two (at the time of comment) have awarded this book a four star rating. So,in consequence, it is perhaps best that potential buyers continue their purchase and form their own impression.

J. Lewis
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on 15 December 2013
it is very good item, it looks like a new. I enjoyed reading it and I like it very much
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