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5.0 out of 5 stars A chilling insight into the rule of Idi Amin, 5 Jun 2012
Mrs. TK Ellis "Bookworm" (High Wycombe, Bucks) - See all my reviews
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This book is a fascinating insight into the rise and fall of Idi Amin. The book is written by a man who spent a lot of time working for the United Nations and was requested by the UN Secretary General to go into Uganda after the fall of Amin.

The book starts from the time of Uganda's independence in 1962. It weaves this together with the birth, family background and early life of Amin. The story picks up and runs straight from the coup that displaced Milton Obote and charts the rapid descent into hell caused by Amin's paranoia, cruelty and general ignorance.

Amin is often seen as a clown, or classed as a lovable buffoon, but this book does a lot to dispel this disturbing myth and to show Amin in his true colours. I thought the book was well written and well researched and it is obvious through the writing that the author had a considerably amount of knowledge on the subject.

I will not go into the details of Amin's terrible reign, as the author has done a very good job of that already. I would say that this is well written, very readable and is highly recommended. If there was one small criticism I would make of the book it is the highly flowery language the author uses when describing the Ugandan landscape. However, I do not believe this distracts from the overall quality of this book. Thoroughly recommended.
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