Libya in the Time of Revolution

Book - 2012
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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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