Sandstorm

Sandstorm

Libya in the Time of Revolution

Book - 2012
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Describes the 2011 defeat of Libya's dictator Muammar Gadaffi by his own people, tracing the story of Gadaffi's regime from its early days of popular appeal to the fear and corruption of its final years from the perspectives of five Libyan rebels.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781594205064
159420506X
Branch Call Number: 961.2042 HILSUM
Characteristics: 304 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), map ; 25 cm

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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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