Libya in the Time of Revolution

Book - 2012
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Over a quarter century, the renowned British international correspondent Lindsey Hilsum has covered crisis and conflict around the world. In February 2011, at the first stirrings of revolt, she went to Libya, and began to chronicle the personal stories of people living through a time of unprecedented danger and opportunity. She reported the progress of the revolution on the ground, from the conflict of the early months, through the toppling of Gaddafi's regime and his savage death in the desert. In Sandstorm , she tells the full story of the events of the revolution within a rich context of Libya's history of colonialism, monarchy and dictatorship, and explores what the future of Libya holds.

Sandstorm follows the stories of six individuals, taking us inside Gaddafi's Libya as events unfold, change accelerates, and those who had never before dared to speak, tell their stories for the first time. We see the dynamics of the insurrection both from inside the regime and through the eyes of the men and women who found themselves starting a revolution. Woven into her account is a revelatory exposé of the dysfunctional Gaddafi family, the scale of whose excesses almost surpasses belief. She tells the stories of Libyans who lived in the United States or Europe, but went home to risk everything to provide secret intelligence, or commit daring acts of civil disobedience, to bring the regime down, knowing that the punishment if caught would be torture and death.

The fall of Gaddafi, who was for forty-two years the great autocrat-madman on the world stage, is among the past decade's most dramatic pivot points. In Lindsey Hilsum, it has found its definitive chronicler.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2012.
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781594205064
Branch Call Number: 961.2042 Hil
Characteristics: 304 pages : illustrations (some color), map.


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Mar 16, 2016

This is a good book insofar as it reads like a superficial narrative, but the underlying financial and economic aspects aren't really covered [always - - follow the money]!
Within several weeks of the death of Gaddafi, the rebels established a central bank - - now when do you recall that ever happening in the past???
Not seriously focused upon was the move by Gaddafi to go Afro-centric on the currency, dropping the use of US dollar in trading of all things within the African continent, and using and contintental-based currency. Somehow, we are supposed to believe this was simply to establish democracy in a country which appears to be ruled by al Qaeda and ISIS militias today!

BPLNextBestAdults May 16, 2013

What emerges through the book is the Libyan people’s pride in their society. Both successful revolutions were empowered by the people’s shame. In 1969, the king was seen as ineffective and too close to the former colonial masters. There was popular support for Gaddafi’s revolution. The sale of oil provided him with the money to do as he pleased. Col Gaddafi presided over 40 years of institutionalized chaos and economic decline. Gaddafi was an embarrassment, delusional and dangerous. The initial opposition to Gaddafi was secular, nationalistic and had been educated in Europe and America. Hopefully, these people will be supported in their efforts to guide the future of Libya. ik

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