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Moammar Gadhafi

Gadhafi’s four-decade descent from revolutionary to crazed tyrant Add to ...

Moammar Gadhafi’s iron-fisted rule over Libya spanned an incredible 42 years. During that time, he morphed from a firebrand revolutionary fighting for the Arab world to a despised and deranged despot on the run. Between those two extremes, Colonel Gadhafi’s evolving character was captured in a series of portraits that reveal a lost leader with an increasingly faltering grip on reality. He was unusually preoccupied with his own image, always conscious of the camera, and subjected himself to plastic surgery in a futile attempt to project youth. In photos, each iteration of his personality seems more bizarre than the last. His crazed persona at the end of his life is virtually unrecognizable from the young man in military uniform with an unmistakable glint of ambition in his eye.

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