Libyan Revolution, The
Its Origins and Legacy
An eyewitness of the Gaddafi coup describes 40 years of the Libyan Revolution and assesses its achievements. Much local colour.
Forty years after Col. Gaddafi's Libyan Revolution cut Libya off from the outside world, scrubbed out Western lettering and turned the country against the US, Libya has changed its outlook, renounced nuclear weapons and reopened itself to Western cruise ships and tourists. Gaddafi is still in power. Nicholas Hagger, an eyewitness of the events of the 1969 Revolution and plans for a rival coup, predicted at the time that Gaddafi would still be in power 40 years later. He narrates the story of the first year of the Revolution, identifies its aims and considers if they have been achieved. Before the Revolution he wrote a weekly two-page feature in a Libyan English-language newspaper under the byline the Barbary Gipsy. His timeless and poetic views of Libya's sea, sand and Roman ruins in these articles are reprinted in an Appendix. This is a memoir and a portrait of western Libya. The places visited have changed little as a return visit in 2001 established. This book is required reading for all visitors to Libya today. To hear an interview with Nicholas Hagger on the BBC follow the link below.
Radio interview by Nicholas Hagger on BBC Radio 5 live Drive on Friday 17 February 2012 at 6.45 p.m. on “a year after the beginning of the Libyan revolution against Gaddafi” with Aasmah Mir
Radio 5 Live 17.2.2012 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0070lvr
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