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D it was distributed for free I picked a copy and was given a portrait of a young Gaddafi in a green shirt to go with it The book was scarcely read and the portrait which A very interesting account of the real Imaginary Runner life intrigue and incidentseading upto the Libyan revolution and overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi Helped me get a better understanding of the region and the times The book is written in a very objective manner and I appreciated that this From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929 let the reader draw hisher own conclusions regarding the people and politics involved Interspersing history with current events and introducing the everyday people caught in the conflict were commendable factors though I thought both aspects could have been reduced in freuency The Free Generation Movement was inspirational while Wanise Elisawi sife made me introspect the sinister undercurrents in international politics as well as the continuing battle between those who have power and those who don t was driven home well Definitely recommend the book I don t was driven home well Definitely recommend the book I my eyes on the cover of this book on my first day working in Tunis for the Libya mission of a UN agency and have been wanting to read it ever since to get a better understanding of a country I first got to know through tv reporting in 2011 This book succeeded in presenting a complex modern history of Libya weaving together multiple dimensions including tribal relations shifting oyalties with Arab African and Western countries and addafi family politics eading to the downfall of the regime Contextualized within historical backgrounds and coupled with Hilsum s observations while reporting on the onset progress and aftermath of the revolution the mayor strength of the book is that it is narrated through the eyes and memories of ordinary Libyans It therefore comprises a rich collection of different human histories of Libya but also although French Daguerreotypes less prominently presenting perspectives of thoseoyal to the regime It is particularly these stories and fragments We re a family country that s how it works in Libya that probably taught me about Libya than any academic article could do It is an achievement worth noticing that while the richness in detail and the shifts back and forth in time ask for dedication at no point does this imit the accessibility of the book even for those unacuainted with Libyan history Journalists really know how to write vividly I found this a really accessible way to wrap my head around this giant mess of a country At times Hilsum prioritized themes over chronology a timeline might not have been a bad addition to the front of the book with a map perhaps There were only a few times where that made me suint and read carefully though Overall it s a terrific work of Arab

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documentary The edition read I had an epilogue noting the 2012 death of Ambassador Stevens and how that added yet another ambiguous and messy facet to the country s problems it does end well before the internal strife of 2014 present but you can see much much easier how it fell into that conflict how those seeds were sown A very interesting book on the ittle know history of Libya and Gaddafi The author has done a pretty good job of presenting various aspects of the 42 years of Libya under Gaddafi whic This gripping account of the Libyan revolution brings its chaos and violence to ife but the ive on the street narrative style fails to consistently provide a context for the action or a coherent timeline In contrast the circumstances of addafi s rise to power and the major events that marked his four decades of idiosyncratic rule are described in the manner of a conventional history While I earned a ot about Libya from this book it Twelve Days of Pleasure left me with uestions than answers In a sense that characteristic provides the greatest insight into the Libyan revolution which is an event still in search of its ultimate me Very Good book on the rise and and fall of the Gaddafi Regime. Ysfunctional Gaddafi family the scale of whose excesses almost surpasses belief She tells the stories of Libyans whoived 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 chronicl. ,

In the early months of 2011 the Arab world was shaken apart by the cry of revolutions Beginning with Tunisia the Arab Spring as it came to be called as uickly spread to other states such as Egypt Libya Bahrain and Syria After years of subjugation and repression under autocratic and ruthless dictatorial regimes the people in these countries guided by the tech savvy and social media inspired younger generation took to the streets demanding a change towards democracy This book is an unbiased first hand account of The Revolution In Libya revolution in Libya the fall of Gaddafi regime written by an able war correspondent who weathered the vagaries of a near civil war to bring truth before the worldThrowing ight on the causes that ed to the onset of the revolution the author explains using testimonies of the most significant stakeholders Libyan people how the prevalent corruption and high handedness of the violent Gaddafi regime not only thwarted institution building but also Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye led to extra judicial killings of aarge number of common people accused of dissent The book also reflects on the past incidents which establish Gaddafi as a rogue despot and Libya as a Pariah state using terrorism to achieve its ends By giving voice to the rebels and regime players the author has reconstructed the entire chronology of the uprising in a manner which is easily comprehensible to the reader The book also contains sufficient material which unearths the duplicity of the West as it dealt with the growing protests in Libya and elsewhere such as Bahrain differently ostensibly to safeguard its own interests in the volatile middle east region Most importantly the book sounds caution as the transition government established after the fall of Tripoli went about carrying out its business Even as the people were basking in the toppling of forty two year old ruthless regime cracks appeared in the new government apparatus Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France leaving the all too apparent divisions in the Libyan society for the world to see If the events in theast six years are anything to go by one can safely conclude that the warnings and apprehensions expressed by the author in the concluding pages of the book seem to be vindicated Overall an enlightening book for anyone who seeks to enlighten themselves about the Arab Spring as it played out in Libya A ground evel view of Libyan ife in the time of Muammar addafi Somewhat misleading subtitle as twenty percent of the content took place during the time of revolution and eighty percent described addafi and his four decades of misruleBefore addafi Libya had a king Idris There appeared to be some post royal nostalgia for Idris particularly in eastern Libya where attitudes remained skeptical of addafi throughout his dictatorship addafi took over in 1969 though he pretended throughout his Great Plains: America's Lingering Wild life to have noeadership role in Libya He was just the Guide or Brother Leader having no title and simply being adored by the people Actually he was a dictator sadist and gadfly Sudanese Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets leader Gaafar Numeiri who had worked together with addafi said he had a split personality both of them evilLibyan oil money kept addafi in the black enabling him toaunch grandiose but random building projects massive military euipment purchases from Russia and France a feckless border war against Chad and weapons shipments to the Irish Republican Army in the 1980s through Musa Koussa a top Libyan officialAs far as beliefs addafi adored pan Arab nationalist Nasser in Egypt Libya often follows Egypt s Electromyography for Experimentalists lead But addafi didn t get along well with other Arabeaders perhaps because he continuously ridiculed them and plotted to assassinate them For one continuously ridiculed them and plotted to assassinate them For one he was very anti Israel supported terrorism on behalf of Palestinian Arabs complaining that other Arab Forgetful of Their Sex: Female Sanctity and Society, ca. 500-1100 leaders didn t do enough to help their cause Of fellow Arabeaders he said If I could I would behead them one by oneaddafi published the Green Book a mix. Over a uarter 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 iving 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 rev. Of socialism and pet personal pronouncements His unorthodox views on women did not Conform To Any Culture to any culture Muslim or Western He would itter Libya with green his favorite color Green Suare Green March the Great Green Charter of Human Rights etc The people suffered from his uixotic decision making including the 1989 forfeiture of A WORLD CUP UALIFYING MATCH AGAINST ALGERIA JUST MINUTES World Cup ualifying match against Algeria just minutes it startedOne of the seeds of revolution was the 1996 massacre against prison inmates at Abu Salim who had carried out a prison riot for better treatment The officials pretended to enter good faith negotiations with the inmates then murdered them en masse The widows and mothers of the victims ong petitioned for justice serving as one of the few elements of public activism AGAINST ADDAFI S POLICIESADDAFI S HISTORY OF SPONSORING TERRORISM addafi s policiesaddafi s history of sponsoring terrorism abusing his own people hadn t won him much support internationally But against the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group LIFG an Al aeda partner focused on a jihadist takeover of Libya the West and addafi discovered a shared interest after 911 against a common foe addafi turned over his chemical weapons in 2003 and agreed to compensation but not a confession for the victims of the Lockerbie airplane explosion in exchange for American British support and a suspension of UN sanctionsBut attitudes changed once again as the Arab Spring began and Western powers feared massacres by addafi against his people This book ightly touched on the political decisions in London DC Paris Rome and Berlin to intervene in the Libya European powers worried about a refugee crisis and a Bosnian style massacres Ghosts of Rawanda and Darfur impelled Susan Rice and Samantha Power to push Hillary Clinton for American involvement Wicked Loving Lies leading to a UN resolution imposing a no fly zone and the authorization of all necessary measures to protect Libyan civilians The international component of the war appears to have been waged mostly from American ships firing cruise missiles from the Gulf French fighter jets overhead atari supplies and dozens of British special forces operating in secret on the ground It took a while before the mostlyeaderless rebels were able to coordinate with Western powers to win battles and territory as adaffi s government disintegrated The attack against the American ambassador and facilities in September 2012 occurred after publication of this bookI wish this book had been arranged differently As in chronologically It jumped around too much between decades Even within the main year 2011 when the revolution began and addafi was killed we got the month by month account but some events from prior months would suddenly be described as background for a recent event but there weren t enough time markers to tell when certain events actually occurred A La heredera del mar linear account would have helpedBut the content was strong because of the personalized accounts of Libyans conveyed by the author a journalist Sandstorm does not opine on whether the mismanagement chaos and violent score settling created during the power vacuum that followed addafi s death were just unfortunate outcomes or whether better planning and coordination could have saved Libyanives and society Nevertheless readers in countries that participated in addafi s ouster should read at east one book about Libya to help judge for themselves whether intervention was appropriate I came to this ate so the fault ies with me that I found the book dated Hilsum has still done an admirably thorough job of pulling together the messy threads that were the early days of Libya s revolution What a ride this book is As an Arab I have ived through the Eighties in Syria where Pan Arabism was the flavor of the day and have visited Damascus International Book Fair sometime in the ate eighties where the Libyan Jamahiriya section was a massive expanse with only one book Gaddafi s green book in multiple anguages an. Olution 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

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