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Idi Amin:Lion of Africa

Idi Amin:Lion of Africa [Kindle Edition]

Manzoor Moghal
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" Idi Amin was no fool. Despite the numerous caricatures as a lunatic murderer he was a towering figure both in Uganda and the African continent, and he outwitted all his opponents until his downfall. When he came into power after having engineered a military coup to overthrow President Milton Obote, the nemesis of Britain, he was the darling of the West. He was lavishly praised for his bravery in ridding Uganda of a dictator who had increasingly become a thorn in Britain’s side. But when he began to make demands on Britain to discharge its aid commitments to Uganda, the British chose to ridicule him for his ‘buffoonery’. He turned instead to Libya for his immediate financial needs, and that was the beginning of both the widening gulf between Britain and Idi Amin, and also the establishment of a new dictator in Africa.
He was an uneducated man, but he was deeply cunning and calculating. With his effusive charm and outward affability he was able to disarm his enemies and then catch them unawares. Though he ran his administration with the help of the elite civil servants of the country it was by his animal instincts that he kept himself in power. As internal economic problems grew, he made scapegoats of the Asians of Uganda, blaming them for all the ills of the country. In a masterstroke he succeeded in expelling the Asian community from Uganda in 1972 without any serious repercussions from the West. He wrested away the economy of Uganda from the hands of the Asians and put it into the lap of the Africans of his country, who loved him for this and his other exploits in a way that can only be compared to the way Germans had once loved Hitler."

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Manzoor Moghal is a well-known writer and commentator in the UK and international news media and a lecturer on a range of subjects, including Uganda, Asians in Britain, race-relations, issues of global terror, the criminal justice system, Islam and Muslim affairs. He was born in Sialkot, Pakistan and grew up in Uganda where he had his early schooling. He returned to Pakistan to complete his education studying at the Foreman Christian College, Lahore, where he graduated with a degree in Sciences from Punjab University. In Uganda he became renowned as an outstanding civic leader, a politician and a leader of the Asian community and had frequent dealings with the highest officials of the Ugandan administration, including Prime Ministers and Presidents. In his various capacities he contributed substantially to the social, community and political life of the country. He was forced to flee Uganda in September 1972 with his family and came to settle in Leicester. Beginning life again in Leicester, he built a new business for his family whilst choosing initially to stay away from civic and political life, greatly disenchanted with the prevalent racism and attitudes he found in Leicester and other British cities. In the early 1980s he began active involvement in public life. His most significant contribution was in the field of race-relations. As Chairman of the Leicestershire County Council's Race-Relations Committee, he and his colleagues changed the face of race-relations in the city and the county, and the period from 1984 to 1997 ushered in an era of harmonious race and community relations which over the years became the envy of the rest of the country. In 2001 he was awarded an M.B.E. in the Queen's Honours List. He is currently Chairman of the Muslim Forum, a think tank organisation.

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  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (11 Mar 2010)
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing analysis in current historiography 13 April 2010
This book successfully combines the art of writing historical narrative with astute political analysis, and the author addresses a number of key issues in Ugandan history. Amin's rise to power, his hostility towards the Asian community and his dealings with the British are just a few of the topics discussed in this book. Manzoor Moghal has produced an original argument, particularly with regard to the legal issues which surrounded the events of 1972 and the way in which the British government chose to 'protect' its Asian citizens after their expulsion. Perhaps most interesting is the author's examination of the delicate Anglo-Ugandan relations of the period and the role played by the post-imperial British government in the unfolding of events in Ugandan politics. Students of history will find this text to be a refreshing commentary on Idi Amin's regime, even more so because it is written by someone who was familiar with the workings of his mind.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tosh with an agenda 21 July 2012
By james
I was very curious about Amin and I chose this book as it promised a balanced and personal view of a controversial historical figure. Before reading this book I already knew Amin to be a shrewd political manipulator with a natural intelligence born of a strong survival instinct. I also already knew he was a genocide and instigator of political murder and torture. Clever, yes. Interesting, yes. Terrible, yes. I wanted to learn more about Amin and Uganda. I was sorely disappointed. This was not balanced telling at all. I learned a bit more about Amin, a bit more about Uganda. But not much more than I would have gained from a ten minute read on Wikipedia. Mostly I learned about the author's intention to use Amin to vomit up his own bitter anti-British sentiments. Throughout the book Amin's atrocities are played down and his "genius" is only revealed when used against the British. This is not a book for a modern student of genuine African history. It is crud written to improve the author's standing in what must be politically dubious circles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insider account 7 April 2010
A very welcome fresh addition to the works on Idi Amin. Engagingly written, the author relates the history of Amin from his early beginnings to his final downfall from his own personal experiences and meetings with this legendary African dictator and his intimate knowledge of the key figures who were a part of the story. There is also a very interesting ending when the author tells of a final meeting with Amin in Saudi Arabia who was still dreaming and planning of a return to power. Definitely a must read for anyone interested in Amin or African affairs, but I'd say equally a good read for anyone who enjoys biographies and histories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and brings an individual perspective 29 Mar 2014
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Very interesting book, which is informed by the personal experiences of the author in Amin's Uganda. This is more than a biography: it informs about the effects on the country, international matters and particularly the effects upon Ugandans of Asian origin. Glad to have read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 1 May 2010
There are a couple of quite detailed reviews up already so I mainly just want to say I found it a very enjoyable and actually quite gripping read. You don't always expect that from biographies and histories, but the touches of memoir brought in from the author's own meetings and dealings with Amin and some of the insights into the time then that they give in the wider human contexts of people trying to get through those times really give the book an added dimension and I was unable to put the book down until I finished it. It does deal with the relevant politics of the time, but this is by no means a book focused on politics. Its focus is the rise and fall of an extraordinary figure that this book is perhaps the first to address in a way that goes really far beyond the 'buffoon' characterisations and understands a kind of African bush intelligence that Amin had that was far in excess of what is generally considered of him.
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The Asians were cast in the role of unscrupulous exploiters and villains who had amassed vast fortunes at the cost of the black people of the country, smuggling large sums of money out of Uganda, and depositing them in their fattening overseas accounts. &quote;
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