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The Collected Bulletins of President Idi Amin Paperback – Illustrated, 1 May 1974

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books Ltd; illustrated edition edition (May 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0903895161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0903895163
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sue Kichenside TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Mar. 2016
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Totally, hilariously non-pc, Idi Amin's despatches from Uganda - as imagined by the late, great Alan Coren - are impossible to read without falling off the chair laughing. Here's the first line from the introduction: "Lotta people gonna be wonderin' how de cornerstone o' Ugandan literature gittin' laid."

This particular copy of the book was bought to cheer up a friend in hospital and I have no doubt it did the job. The Collected Bulletins of President Idi Amin (originally written for Punch) was first published in 1974 and is sadly now out of print so I am particularly grateful to Shrubbery for being able to fulfil this order with a second-hand copy in decent nick! Thank you.
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I first read this when it was published, I think in the 1970's. It had me in stiches for days and somehow just summed up the whole scene of many things happening at the time. I think Corens interpretation of the mindless stupidity of the Amin regime at the time was probably only overtaken by the actual danger of the reality for those who were there. His caricature of Amin himself is just too funny to do justice to in a short review. Well worth trying to find a copy if you can. If you don't see the funny side of this and recognise even elements of today in it, there's no hope for you!
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Bought to replace a copy loaqned to a friend and never returned. For those of us wholived through this lunatic's ranting and atrocities this gives a reminder of the sort of rhetoric he spouted but with Alan Coren's sharp wit softening the edges
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Please see my review for the companion book, 'Further Collected Bulletins of President Idi Amin'. Everything I wrote there applies to this book with equal force. Very funny but extremely non-pc!
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If you are old enough to remember Idi Amin, this is really funny. Alan Coren writes really great satire. A must read for a good laugh! Get the other Further Bulletins for more laughs.
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memories refreshed. Alan Coren is a great humourist. This book may offend as it has raciallly senstive content but I was researching for a project so it was a reference point
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Read this many years ago and reread it whilst on holiday. Still one of the funniest books I think I've ever read, Coren was an absolute comic genius, sadly missed.
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Alan Coren has always been a favourite writer of mine. His articles in Punch magazine were always worth reading. This book is no exception. Highly recommended.
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