The author takes a vow of objectivity and succeeds fairly well in keeping it, although with this subject the task is close to impossible. He presents Qaddafi's ideas and policies-Green Book and all-in a straight-faced manner, and then periodically points out where they have not worked or have aroused opposition. On the international aspects, including the running confrontation with the United States, he gives more than one side of each issue, relying mainly on current press reports. Unfortunately, he does not get far beneath the surface in Washington or Libya; perhaps wisely, he does not assay the role of amateur psychiatrist to explain Qaddafi.
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