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.