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Libya's Qaddafi : the politics of contradiction

El-Kikhia, Mansour O.

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ISBN 10: 0813015855 / ISBN 13: 9780813015859
Editorial: University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., 1997
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Trade paperback in great condition, no creases, square corners, no markings. Includes bibliographical references and index. Stated first printing. A powerful study. Size: 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. N° de ref. de la librería 002150

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Título: Libya's Qaddafi : the politics of ...

Editorial: University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

Año de publicación: 1997

Encuadernación: Softcover

Condición del libro:Very Good

Tipo de libro: Book

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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.

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The U.S. knows little about Libya beyond encyclopedia articles and air force targeting lists, so this scholarly study might interest larger libraries. El-Kikhia's strength is elucidating the ethnic groupings within Libya's population of four million people, a political fact the outside world's focus on the country's eccentric leader tends to obscure. Beneath the patina of a socialism without a state (all laws were abolished in 1974), Qaddafi rules de facto through his tribal connections, which El-Kikhia clarifies by tracking the fortunes of those who have supported the leader. The author also provides ample detail about the economic strength--oil--that has enabled Qaddafi's various wars and grandiose construction projects. Readers won't find what makes Qaddafi tick (who could definitively say, anyway?), but they will find clear analysis of his philosophy, virtually a museum piece of anticolonial, anti-American, anticapitalist radicalism. An exile, El-Kikhia sympathizes with Libyans who live in the tension of a literally lawless society, but he doesn't allow his view to impair the factual dispassion and informativeness of his study. Gilbert Taylor

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