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Libya's Qaddafi: The Politics of…

Libya's Qaddafi: The Politics of Contradiction


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"A powerful study. . . . With devastating understatement, Kikhia shows how Qaddafi's rule made everything far worse than it had been under the monarchy--from the availability of water to industrial output, from personal freedoms to foreign policy. . . . In brief, this is by far the best book ever written on the Qaddafi era."--Daniel Pipes, Middle East Quarterly "A first-rate objective analysis of the complexities of modern Libyan politics with a special focus on that country's controversial leader. . . . Thoughtful and well-researched . . . evenhanded and immensely readable."--Library Journal With a perspective rarely available to American readers, Mansour O. El-Kikhia, a native of Libya, offers this readable and comprehensive overview of his revolutionary homeland and its controversial leader.  He presents a brief history of Libya through the periods of colonization, independence, Arab socialism, and economic growth and then explains the impact of Qaddafi's personality and policies in this context.  Mansour O. El-Kikhia is associate professor of political science at the University of Texas, San Antonio.… (more)



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