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Tosh with an agenda,
This review is from: IDI Amin: Lion of Africa (Paperback)
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.