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Political Development and Social Change in Libya

Political Development and Social Change in Libya

By Omar I. El Fathaly and Monte Palmer

Lexington Books, 1980, 230 pp.

Serious studies of Libya's politics and society under Qaddafi have been virtually nonexistent, perhaps because it seems so hard to take him and his "Green Book" seriously. This survey by an American and a Libyan scholar is therefore welcome. It is informative and analytical; and although it leans over backward to be understanding of the revolutionary transformation in progress, it is not entirely uncritical.