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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (11 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144903974X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449039745
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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About the Author

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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Fascinating subject matter but I would strongly agree with one of the other reviews on here. The authors anti British sentiment runs heavily throughout this book and too often, Amin's appalling behaviour, and in many cases his judgement, is soft soaped, while Britain's decisions are constantly called into question. Amin's decision to expel British Asians is, according to the author, as a result of the UK governments decision not to make an unsecured loan of £10 million (during the 1970s when the country was practically bankrupt). Amin's subsequent behaviour towards anyone he suspects of being against him shows this to be a nonsense and all Asians in the country were on borrowed time as soon as he came to power.

There are some unique insights which the author is able to impart having been close to Amin for a short while, but it appears he's either 'star struck' or suffering from some form of Stockholm syndrome when he enjoys an affable evening meal with him during Amins time in exile. I found myself thinking that this is the guy responsible for the author and his family having to flee their home, who murdered some of his friends and is estimated to have slaughtered up to half a million people and yet the bloke wants to have a brew with him!! Bizarre.
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I get the sentiments posted by the unhappy readers stating a lack of balance. Interesting perspectives appreciating history is rarely balanced in its writing. British colonial history is yet to be be fully acknowledged by a people that benefited monumentally and left a rampage that is still being played out today. Was Uganda Britain's moment of glory - far from it. How many people get a moment to meet some of the most dangerous of leaders and survive to tell the tale? This is an interesting personal reflection by the author. Amin remained in power not by accident but by brutal cunning. He fooled much of the world. He lived a long life. Isn't that worth understanding? There will always be more to learn. This adds to that learning.
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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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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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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 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 a notorious figure who this book addresses in a way that goes beyond the usual 'buffoon' characterisations and considers abilities Amin had that are greater than what is generally considered of him.
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