Muammar Gaddafi’s death: New Book Picks

The reports the Muammar Gaddafi is dead brings back decades of memories. Before Saddam–in fact, while we were aiding Saddam in his war against Iran–the Libyan leader was known as “the most dangerous man in the world,” a sponsor of terrorism that killed innocents from European nightspots to the air over Scotland. In a sense, Gaddafi was bin Laden before bin Laden was bin Laden. To get an idea of what the conflict with Libya was like, it is worth looking anew at President Reagan’s “An American Life,” “The Price of Terror,” by Allan Gerson and Jerry Adler, and Lou Cannon’s “President Reagan,” accounts of the frustrating early rounds of fighting terror in the 1980s.