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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd (30 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844541290
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844541294
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 618,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Libya's leader reveals the story behind his country's extraordinary transformation from a rogue state to "a key player in the war against terrorism."

Libya s leader reveals the story behind his country s extraordinary transformation from a rogue state to a key player in the war against terrorism. "

About the Author

Born in 1943 into the El Gaddafi tribe, Muammar Gaddafi left his family circle at the age of ten. Keen on geopolitics - passionate about decolonisation and the epic Nasserian movement - he studied the mechanisms of state both in Tripoli and in Great Britain. He has ruled Libya since 1969. A specialist in Third-World Africa, Professor Edmond Jouve has regularly met with Muammar Gaddafi since 1979. Author, notably of The Right of Peoples and The Third World, he teaches political science at Rene Descartes University in Paris.


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For all intents and purposes this book is an official publication of the former Gaddafi regime. It is basically Muammar Gaddafi's thoughts and achievements ghost written by Edmund Jove, who knew Gaddafi and his daughter. It starts with introducing Jove, then Gaddafi's background and goes on to document the situation in Libya before Gaddafi, whereby the oil wealth of the country had been sold for a pittance to the Americans. Gaddafi's coup ensured that Libya's oil wealth went to Libya. It clearly depicts a view from the Arab world that is completely different from the Western point of view. Later in the book it shows Gaddafi's realisation of the threat from Islamic terrorists and how he tries to embrace the west in order to co-operate with them in regards to technology and in opposing the terrorist threat. It also shows how women's rights have also improved during his time.

Jove allows Gaddafi to speak largely for himself but looks at the Libyan Jamahiriya through rose tinted spectacles, still praising it as the discontent was growing. There is nothing in this book that throws a bad light on Gaddafi or his regime.

Only half the book is devoted to dialogue. The other half consists of appendices of his achievements, and a final chapter regarding Aisha Gaddafi whom the author taught. Some of the appendix consists of "The Green Book", followed by a document of its implementation, and details of various African treaties, of which most people in the West would be entirely unaware.

If you are looking for an objective biography of Muammar Gaddafi, then you had better look elsewhere.
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"My vision" is a book by French professor Edmond Jouve, who is personally acquainted with both Gaddafi's daughter Aicha and his son Saif al-Islam. He has also met Gaddafi himself on a number of occasions, and could be considered an admirer or "fellow traveller". "My vision" contains both reflections on Libya by Jouve himself, an interview with Gaddafi, and Gaddafi's entire "Green Book" as an appendix. Some material on the African Union, in which Libya aspires to a leading role, has also been included.

On one level, "My vision" is a remarkably silly book. Jouve comes across as a fat, frivolous and naïve scholar, dazzled by the dictator's propaganda and hospitality. He calls Gadaffi "The Guide", claims that Libya is a direct democracy, and attempts to paint a romantic picture of its leader, claiming that Gaddafi is a "son of the desert", a Sufi mystic who found the Path, a deep political thinker, and what not. Jouve is also incredibly vain, constantly informing the reader about his sumptuous meals and deserts at various Tripoli five-star hotels. The author boasts that Aicha Gaddafi has been his student, that his briefcase is a gift from Blaise Compaore (the president of Burkina Faso), and that he actually saw Ahmed Ben Bella during a visit to one of the previously mentioned luxurious hotels. When Gaddafi gave an interview to Jouve, he apparently let Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak wait longer than usual for his turn.

In other words, I think "My vision" is a book by the Libyan lobby!

On another level, however, the author gives a more sinister impression. I don't think Jouve is a left-winger, since he seems to admire Charles De Gaulle and other Gaullist presidents of France. At one point, he asks Gaddafi why Libya hasn't joined the Francophonie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gaddafi's World View in Theory 17 Sept. 2008
By Claire K. Carro - Published on Amazon.com
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This book discusses Gaddafi's view of the world in theory and his belief in how his Green Book has been implemented in practice in Libya. His ideas of the world's problems, it's causes and how they can be dealt with are unique. Gaddafi has never been afraid to criticize and his frankness has met with mixed feelings as to whether he is a hero or villain. Edmond Jouve, the author of this book, is a respected professor in Paris and he has captured the essence of Gaddafi quite remarkably. One could say that he would appear to be an admirer. Jouve not only speaks directly to the great man himself, but to those close to him; his only daughter Aicha Qaddafi, is an important and rare example of those who cooperated in the writing of this book. This is a must for those with an interest in African and Middle Eastern politics and of one of the region's most controversial and tenured leaders.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book. Very good history from a different perspective. 17 Jan. 2016
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Very Intelligent man! It's amazing how much we overlook from other cultures!
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The discarded image 20 Mar. 2011
By Ashtar Command - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"My vision" is a book by French professor Edmond Jouve, who is personally acquainted with both Gaddafi's daughter Aicha and his son Saif al-Islam. He has also met Gaddafi himself on a number of occasions, and could be considered an admirer or "fellow traveller". "My vision" contains both reflections on Libya by Jouve himself, an interview with Gaddafi, and Gaddafi's entire "Green Book" as an appendix. Some material on the African Union, in which Libya aspires to a leading role, has also been included.

On one level, "My vision" is a remarkably silly book. Jouve comes across as a fat, frivolous and naïve scholar, dazzled by the dictator's propaganda and hospitality. He calls Gadaffi "The Guide", claims that Libya is a direct democracy, and attempts to paint a romantic picture of its leader, claiming that Gaddafi is a "son of the desert", a Sufi mystic who found the Path, a deep political thinker, and what not. Jouve is also incredibly vain, constantly informing the reader about his sumptuous meals and desserts at various Tripoli five-star hotels. The author boasts that Aicha Gaddafi has been his student, that his briefcase is a gift from Blaise Compaore (the president of Burkina Faso), and that he actually saw Ahmed Ben Bella during a visit to one of the previously mentioned luxurious hotels. When Gaddafi gave an interview to Jouve, he apparently let Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak wait longer than usual for his turn.

In other words, I think "My vision" is a book by the Libyan lobby!

On another level, however, the author gives a more sinister impression. I don't think Jouve is a left-winger, since he seems to admire Charles De Gaulle and other Gaullist presidents of France. At one point, he asks Gaddafi why Libya hasn't joined the Francophonie! The real point of "My vision" is to promote Libya's turn towards the West, and here, the good professor shows his true colours. Jouve mentions Libya's payments to the victims of the Lockerbie bombing, but never discuss the obvious implications (that Libya used to be a rogue state). He points out that Gaddafi is "realist", has abandoned the IRA and aided British intelligence to uncover IRA's secret networks. The author freely admits that Gaddafi at one point wanted to create an African empire, together with shadowy characters such as Bokassa and Mengistu Haile Mariam (quite a combination), but seems fascinated rather than repelled by this fact. Nor is Jouve unaware of Libyan racism against Black Africans or the spread of Muslim fundamentalism in the country (even Aicha has began to wear the veil). Indeed, Jouve actually asks The Guide about this during the previously mentioned interview. He does let Gaddafi get away with evasive responses, but clearly the author knows exactly what is really going on in Tripoli.

Who or what is Edmond Jouve? I don't know, but my guess is that the seemingly naïve fellow traveller is actually an ultra-Gaullist who wants France to collaborate with Libya rather than compete with it (the usual French policy), thereby creating a geopolitical Franco-Arab Grossraum in Africa. For all I know, the guy might actually be a French intelligence operative! His remark about the briefcase is telling. Blaise Compaore took power in Burkina Faso by overthrowing and assassinating Thomas Sankara, a left-wing radical who took strongly anti-French stances. Compaore seems to be on good terms with both France and Libya. Small wonder Jouve loves the occasional chit chat with this banana republic president.

"My vision" doesn't say much about Gaddafi, but it does give us a glimpse of Edmond Jouve's visions. What a pity Nicolas Sarkozy isn't a true Gaullist. As we know, France participates in the US attack on Libya and recently recognized...the rebels.

It seems Jouve's visions have been discarded. For now.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting...but questionable 7 Mar. 2011
By Jia-chi Samuel Chieh - Published on Amazon.com
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I think the author's first remarks are quite revealing and foretelling about the content in the rest of the book. The fact is the author has met Gaddafi a total of 10 times, and he says so himself in the first lines of the book. It's an interesting read don't get me wrong, but like anything should be taken with a grain of salt.
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