This is Casey…
I just finished reading Gaddafi’s Harem, The Story of a Young Woman and the Abuses of Power in Libya by Annick Cojean. Holy Crapoly. It was really good.
I don’t watch the news. At this point, most new is far too disturbing for me to view and I don’t want my kids witnessing some of the things (most of the stories) that are reported. Obviously I knew about the Libyan revolution that happened when dictator and overall A$$HOLE, Muammar Gaddafi, was killed. But this book revealed the behind the scenes of his horrific sexual escapades and how he ruled through tyrannical fear. Gaddafi was a devout religious man on the outside, but sexually exploited young men and women in horrible ways to quench his revolting sexual addiction and to feel powerful.
This book isn’t necessarily about the actual sexual exploitation that took place. It is about how Gaddafi was able to convince grown men and women that worked for him to continually acquire men, women, boys and girls for him to abuse during his entire decades long dictatorship.
Dictatorship and the fear that comes with it is difficult to understand for someone like me that has grownup in the United States in the 1980’s, 90’s and now late 2000’s. Middle-class, college educated, white chick. Born and raised in the suburbs.
Annick Cojean is a phenomenal journalist for Le Monde. Her story telling and inquiry into the lives of the men and women that lived and continue to live in fear, exposes the reader to the trauma that most Libyans lived with on a daily basis.
I am not surprised this book won the Grand Prix de la Presse Internationale and the International Club de Las 25 prize. I am excited to read more from Annick Cojean soon.