Skilfully navigating Libya's eventful past, this fully updated edition of Ronald Bruce St John's authoritative work includes an in-depth examination of the 2011 rebellion that finally put an end to over 40 years of Qadaffi's authoritarian rule. From early Greek settlements to the infamous Lockerbie bombing, and from the colonel's astonishing return to the international stage to the events that led to his ousting, this is an essential introduction to this turbulent land on the cusp of Africa and the Middle East.
Ronald Bruce St John is a scholar of Libya, having consulted to ABC's 20/20, the New York Times, Fortune 500 companies, and the U.S. government. Now an analyst for the progressive think tank Institute for Policy Studies, he has also served on the advisory board of The Journal of Libyan Studies and the Atlantic Council's working group on Libya. A former military intelligence officer in the US army, he is the author of Libya and the United States: Two Centuries of Strife and Qaddafi's World Design: Libyan Foreign Policy, 1969-1987, among other books.