Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm
15 October 2012 - Jonathan Bearman’s book published in 1986 on Libya is the best book on the subject that I have come across. All the other books either omit vast facts of history, such as those books by Robert Bruce St John (probably ‘the; authority on Libya from any writer in the ‘west’) which white washes the usa, brits and french role in Libya.
There is a spat of books that talk of Libya more recently, especially sine the fall of the Jamahirya, it’s a shame that brother Vijay Prasad’s book on Libya is also full of all kinds of omissions and distortions of what has taken place in Libya especially in the rapprochement period (post 1999) and since February 2011, quite a shame from someone who has made large part of his career in generally good book on the history of the Non-Aligned Movement and the anti-imperialist movement post second world war. I’ll endeavour to review more of brother Prasad’s book in the coming period.
The below extract from Bearman’s book shows how the Libyan Revolution of 1st September 1969 led by Muammar Gaddafi (spelt ‘Qadhafi’ in the book) achieved concrete anti-strides within the first months and one or two years of the revolution, fulfilling the greatest Libyan patriot’s mission - Omar Al-Mukhtar - to expel the colonialists from Libya.