The authors wish to acknowledge the contributions of the following individuals who wrote the 1979 edition of Libya: A Country Study, which was edited by Harold D. Nelson: Robert Rinehart, "Historical Setting;" David S. McMorris, "The Society and Its Environment;" Howard I. Blutstein, "The Economy;" William A. Mussen, Jr., "Government and Politics;" and David R. Holmes and Harold D. Nelson, "National Security." Their work provided the organization and structure of the present volume, as well as substantial portions of the text.
The authors are grateful to individuals in various government agencies and private institutions who gave of their time, research materials, and expertise to the production of this book, especially Marius and Mary Jane Deeb and I. William Zartman. The authors also wish to thank members of the Federal Research Division staff who contributed directly to the preparation of the manuscript. These people include Thomas Collelo, the substantive reviewer of all the textual material; Richard F. Nyrop, who reviewed all drafts and served as liaison with the sponsoring agency; and Martha E. Hopkins, who edited the manuscript, with the assistance of Marilyn L. Majeska, and managed production. Mary Campbell Wild performed final prepublication review. Also involved in preparing the text were editorial assistants Barbara Edgerton, Monica Shimmin, and Izella Watson, and Margaret Varghese; of Communicators Connections who compiled the index. Diann J. Johnson, of the Library of Congress Composing Unit, set the type, under the direction of by Peggy Pixley.
Invaluable graphics support was provided by David P. Cabitto, assisted by Sandra K. Cotugno. Carolina E. Forrester reviewed the map drafts and Greenhorne and O'Mara, Inc., prepared the final maps. Special thanks are owed to Kimberly A. Lord, who designed the cover artwork and the illustrations on the title page of each chapter.
The authors would like to thank several individuals who provided research and operational support. Arvies J. Staton supplied information on ranks and insignia; Afaf S. McGowan obtained photographs; Robert S. Mason revised one of the chapters; and Gwendolyn B. Batts typed manuscript drafts. Finally, the authors acknowledge the generosity of the many individuals and public and private agencies who allowed their photographs to be used in this study.
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