Libya is a very important country in North Africa, and what happens there does affect the region, much more than you might believe. If you’ve watched the UN meetings on TV you can immediately see there is a bit of animosity between the Western World and Libya. And at one time, not in the long ago distant past, Libya was practically considered a terrorist state, actually and officially – it was by the US State Department.
In fact, not much credit has been given to the President Bush for his handling of Libya, but they came clean, after they saw President Bush meant business when he went into Iraq. But before you consider all the modern day issues, perhaps you might like to read a little history on this nation-state. Yes, that would be wise. Well, then there is a very good book that I believe you should read, and it is a book I own myself. You can read this in one-day, between your other duties or employment. The name of the book is;
“Libya” (Modern Nations of the World Series) by Debra A. Miller, Lucent Book Publishers, New York, NY, (2005), 112 pages, ISBN: 1-59018-443-2.
The author of this book is a writer and a personal historian, she is also a lawyer. Interestingly enough she has a passion for current political events. This book is very well footnoted, and very much up to date as of its publishing. In the introduction Debra Miller explains that Libya was a former terrorist state, and she also goes into the challenges and hardships of living in desert land. There are many different cultures and Libya, and things have really changed since Qaddafi came into power.
In one chapter she explains the traditional land, and how society and lifestyle has changed over many years. She also explains where Libya is going into the future, and in hindsight she was exactly correct. It is interesting to read this book written in 2005, in 2011, to see how accurate Debra was, therefore much kudos goes to her observations, and knowledge at the time.
The reference section is full of excellent articles, and recommended future reading for the reader. There is also a timeline of chronological events, which puts everything into perspective for you. The book also has lots of great pictures to give you a sense and a feel of what it’s like to live amongst the Libyans. And yes there is a section on the 1988 Lockerbie bombing of the 747, one of the worst terrorist aircraft bombings in history. Indeed I hope you will please consider this.