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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very well written and interesting/Sehr gut geschrieben und interessant
I'm not sure why Mr Van Murray has taken such a personal dislike to this book. I think he may have forgotten that the author is showing Amin from African and contemporaneous perspective. And the comments on the author are very much out of place from a reviewer and in fact contrary to what others have found of the author who have properly read this book. The author was a...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Oktober 2010 von Mr. S. P. Jiwa

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Scratching the surface
An extremely shallow look at what should be a fascinating theme. The downfall of Amin written in less than 2 sides at the end. Written by somebody who was obviously not on the pulse at the time. This info could have been obtained from any superficial article. It was a waste of money. The authors experiences which are also dealt with very superficially didn't interest me,...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very well written and interesting/Sehr gut geschrieben und interessant, 4. Oktober 2010
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Idi Amin: Lion of Africa (Taschenbuch)
I'm not sure why Mr Van Murray has taken such a personal dislike to this book. I think he may have forgotten that the author is showing Amin from African and contemporaneous perspective. And the comments on the author are very much out of place from a reviewer and in fact contrary to what others have found of the author who have properly read this book. The author was a man of firm intelligence and resolve and extremely wide experience. It was for this reasons he was on Amin's personal hit list and just escaped the country with his life and family. It was for these reasons he even considered taking part in the organization of an assassination attempt on Amin. He was a known spokesman for his community and spoke out publicly and in the British and Ugandan Media with a skill and understanding few possessed. In fact, it was for his ability to stand above the other local leaders and make the case for his community that the author came to prominence and risked his life. His ultimate and very skilled insight showed him the exact moment when talks were of no more use as he poignantly tells in the book and from then seeks to avoid Amin's company and find a way to safety for his family.

Personally, I have found the book a very welcome fresh addition to the works on Idi Amin. It is engagingly written and the author relates the history of Amin from his early adulthood to his final downfall from his own personal experiences and meetings with the legendary African dictator and also his intimate knowledge of the key figures who were a part of the story. The arc of Amin's rise and fall to power once he attained manhood is clearly shown in political and human form. There is an interesting epilog at the end of the book that is given only as an anecdote to show that even in his last meeting with the author Amin displayed nearly all the characteristics that he had in his time in power and also of how he was still dreaming and planning of a return to power.

It is 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 von 5 Sternen Refreshing analysis in current historiography, 1. Juli 2010
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Idi Amin: Lion of Africa (Taschenbuch)
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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Read, 3. Juli 2010
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A very enjoyable and gripping read. 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. It's focus is the rise and fall of an extraordinary figure that this book is perhaps the first 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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3.0 von 5 Sternen Scratching the surface, 9. September 2010
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An extremely shallow look at what should be a fascinating theme. The downfall of Amin written in less than 2 sides at the end. Written by somebody who was obviously not on the pulse at the time. This info could have been obtained from any superficial article. It was a waste of money. The authors experiences which are also dealt with very superficially didn't interest me, I also got the impression of him as being somebody without backbone, who blew with the wind, as long as he was able to....and crept back for favour later ...not impressed.
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