This is the ONLY worthwhile read on Libya. I PROMISE.
(And every Libya “specialist” seems to have bypassed its 700+ pages. Why shoot for historical accuracy when you can just make shit up? I mean, with a dictator in power, it’s not like anyone’s really gonna be able to check up on…oh)
And Tasbeeh is a beautiful, wonderful person for making it available to all of you. <3
Libyan Independence and the United Nations: The Case for Decolonization
Written after the Libyan liberation from Italian colonization by UN commissioner Adriaan Pelt (pictured above, left, with King Idris I), this book is now not only out-of-print but copies of it are almost impossible to find outside of a library. I emailed the Yale University Press for more info and they said it wasn’t even in their system anymore. SC had a copy on hand so I spent a few good hours in the library scanning it up — it’s definitely one of those must-reads on Libya. I uploaded the PDF to dropbox in two parts:
Part One (.ZIP)
Part Two (.ZIP)