In her book Every Man In This Village Is a Liar, journalist Megan Stack documents her experiences as a young female reporter covering war and terrorism in the Muslim world after 2001. In late 2003, Stack traveled to Libya to report on life under the rule of Moammar Qaddafi. Saddam Hussein had recently been driven from power, and Qaddafi was often characterized as the most powerful dictator still standing in the Arab world. Eight years later and with Libya now embroiled in civil war, Stack’s experiences offer valuable perspectives. In this full chapter excerpt, she writes about the people she meets, her treatment by the government, and how Libyans view their future.
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