In the litany of persons that Americans love to hate, very few rank higher than Muammar Qaddafileader of Libya, paymaster of world terrorism, planner of bungled international adventures. From his Bedouin childhood, his years in school and the basis of his political activism philosophies, and his military career, the authors have crafted a thorough and very readable account of a man and a country that would be great. For the first time, the realities behind Libyan ``hit squads,'' foreign policy statements and practices, and domestic existence are examined and analyzed clearly and objectively, in an account that brings together historical framework (without due complication) and contemporary detail. Highly recommended for libraries with any size collection in this subject. David P. Snider, Casa Grande P.L., Ariz.