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Over a quarter century, the renowned British international correspondent Lindsey Hilsum has covered crisis and conflict around the world. In February 2011, at the first stirrings of revolt, she went to Libya, and began to chronicle the personal stories of people living through a time of unprecedented danger and opportunity. She reported the progress of the revolution on th

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Penguin Press HC, The (first published April 1st 2012)
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Tammam Aloudat
Dec 20, 2014 Tammam Aloudat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a ride this book is.

As an Arab, I have lived through the Eighties in Syria where Pan-Arabism was the flavor of the day and have visited Damascus International Book Fair sometime in the late eighties where the Libyan Jamahiriya section was a massive expanse with only one book... Gaddafi's green book in multiple languages and it was distributed for free. I picked a copy and was given a portrait of a young Gaddafi in a green shirt to go with it. The book was scarcely read and the portrait, wh
Oct 29, 2012 Varsha rated it really liked it
A very interesting account of the real life intrigue and incidents leading upto the Libyan revolution and overthrow of Colonel Gaddafi. Helped me get a better understanding of the region and the times. The book is written in a very objective manner and I appreciated that this let the reader draw his/her own conclusions regarding the people and politics involved. Interspersing history with current events and introducing the everyday people caught in the conflict were commendable factors though I ...more
Sep 18, 2016 Colleen rated it really liked it
Journalists really know how to write vividly. I found this a really accessible way to wrap my head around this giant mess of a country. At times Hilsum prioritized themes over chronology (a timeline might not have been a bad addition to the front of the book, with a map, perhaps?) There were only a few times where that made me squint and read more carefully, though. Overall, it's a terrific work of Arab Spring documentary. The edition I read I had an epilogue noting the 2012 death of Ambassador ...more
Tariq Mahmood
Jan 09, 2013 Tariq Mahmood rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-east
A very interesting book on the little know history of Libya and Gaddafi. The author has done a pretty good job of presenting various aspects of the 42 years of Libya under Gaddafi which includes all the Western governments and corporations desperate to sell Libya contracts. The books reads like a story which kept me interested throughout. I enjoyed the profiles of many revolutionaries and even supporters of the Gaddafi regime. I was also surprised to find out about the role played by Qatar and U ...more
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This Is The Endgame
“This is the endgame.”

'Operation Guest'

Musa Koussa


“Death through illness or torture.”
Fear conspired with hope.

The Abu Nidal Organisation
Powerful Czech-made explosive Semtex
Abdel Basset al-Megrahi
Dec 20, 2012 Esther rated it really liked it
Compelling and riveting account of the Libyan revolution which finally brought an end to the brutal dictatorship of Ghaddafi.
Sep 15, 2015 Lee rated it really liked it
Good insight on the Libyan revolution and why many chose to risk their lives to rise up.. enough is enough!
Apr 16, 2016 Srijith rated it really liked it
Well written book. Gripping and gives an insight into the revolution. Informative reportage while not making any judgement. Must read
Nov 04, 2012 Fayebeuby rated it really liked it
Having lived in Libya 2009-2010, I found the author's insights quite accurate. I knew personally had be-friended several of her on-going interviewees.
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