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A State of Blood Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1977


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; First Thus edition (September 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441785344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441785346
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,215,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Roulette on May 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have had an insatiable craving for knowledge regarding the bloody regime of Idi Amin. George Ivan Smith's Ghosts Of Kampala was about as filling as a rice cake. Henry Kyemba's A State Of Blood was more like Thanksgiving dinner! Kyemba spent five years as a top cabinet member in Amin's regime...he knows what was going on and has no misgivings about exposing Amin. This book also has 66 b&w photos inside, ranging from the sublime to the horrifying. Kyembe fled Uganda in May of '77, so the fall of Amin is not included here. If you want to know about the atrocities and the day to day life of the man some called The Black Hitler, it's all here for you. Kyemba delivers the facts with both passion and urgency. His battle with his conscience bleeds through the story quite often. A State Of Blood is Kyemba's attempt to bring Amin's barbarism to the light for international eyes to see. If Idi Amin intrigues you at all, then you need to read this book. It will show you things that most decent people would rather not see. It's a well-written book. It is also an addictive, fast & easy read. You may not like what you read here, but you will find that you must keep turning the pages until this dark journey reaches its conclusion.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
My fiancé and I recently went to see the Academy Award winning movie, "The Last King of Scotland." In it Forest Whitaker gives a vivid and accurate portrayal of Idi Amin, the brutal former dictator of Uganda. Although some of the characters in the movie are fictitious, the general plotline is accurate. Amin was basically an uneducated thug who managed to take control of a nation and destroy it. I had read this book when it first came out and the movie prompted me to read it again.

In a continent where brutal, murderous dictators are the norm, Amin was one of the worst. He created a cadre of brutal henchmen whose only purpose was to terrorize the population into submission and grow rich in the process. They were allowed to steal anything from anybody with killing their victims largely acceptable. Under his reign, the Ugandan economy collapsed, what should have been a prosperous nation was turned into one of the poorest performing economies. His expulsion of the Asian merchant class was quite possibly the greatest single economic blunder made in the history of the continent.

Kyemba documents the rise of Amin, how at first he seemed to genuinely want to improve the lives of Ugandans. However, in the time worn tradition of tyrants, who only seem capable of becoming even more tyrannical, that soon changed. The latest estimates were that 300,000 Ugandans were killed under Amin's rule, many in as brutal a form as possible.

As Kyemba notes, eyes were gouged out, organs removed, limbs chopped off, and all for no reason other than to make sure that Amin's rule was absolute. Thousands of people were rounded up to witness executions so that there was no doubt in the mind of the people what would happen to them if they resisted.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book a few months ago and it gave me an idea just how terrible it must have been to live under Amin's rule. The Author who was one of Amin's ministers had a good look into Amin and his government and how it worked. This book is deffinatly a good book to read if you want to know about Idi Amin and his regime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Jones on December 7, 2013
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Amazing true story that should be a must read for all. So much insight into humanity, inhumanity, fear and the corruptness that plagues parts of our world.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By IKPE FRIDAY on February 11, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
MR,KYEMBA HAS TURN OUT A VERY POWERFULL BOOK ABOUT AFRICAN LEADERSHIP AND THE INTRIGUES THAT WENT ON DURING MR.AMIN TERM IN OFFICE.IT IS VERY ACCURATE SINCE THE AUTHOR WAS A MEMBER OF MR.AMIN INNER CIRCLE.I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ALL LOVERS OF POLITICS AND AFRICAN HISTORY.
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