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on 3 May 2011
The author exhibits a depth of knowledge and understanding of his subject. Yet the title "A History of Modern Libya" is a little misleading.

The history is less one of relating events and then interpreting their consequences and significance. Rather the book is most weighted to the author's views on Libya with relatively little historical underpinning. This should not necessarily detract from the validity of his conclusions but one is left with the feeling that a little more "proof" would be welcome. The book would have benefited enormously from more detail about the change in the economic and social life and structures in Libya. It would also have been improved by at least a few graphics (population growth, GDP per head, trade balance, oil production and prices etc). This would have meant one could avoid ponderous repetition of the same observations.

Finally the book could have done with some professional editing. There is far too much repetition and loose structure and (perhaps this is a little pedantic) but ponderous verbosity along with the to this, British ear, the wrong use of verbs (e.g. to augur).

In short I have to respect the author's grasp of his subject but am of the opinion that editing and serious peer review would have allowed the writer to shine more brightly and enabled the reader an easier passage.
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on 28 April 2015
The book was great
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