The Rise and Fall of Qaddafi

    Alison Pargeter

    Yale University Press 2012

    Hardback 197pp Illustrated

    9780300139327   Product Code: 20159

    The story of Libya over the past 50 years is extraordinary. Following the 1969 coup by 27-year-old Muammar Qaddafi, a failing monarchy was transformed into the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah. Based on longstanding observation and meticulous research, this compelling history charts the dictator's quixotic career - one moment a pariah, the next courted by the West. It assesses his impact on his country, investigating how he managed to stay in power so long, and why his luck finally ran out.

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