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Product Details

  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone Books (August 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671673963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671673963
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,233,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Daughter of one of the kings of the four tribes that formerly ruled Uganda, Elizabeth of Toro is among the most intriguing and accomplished contemporary African women. Only the third African woman to graduate from Cambridge University and Uganda's first female attorney, in the 1960s the princess embarked on a highly successful career as an international fashion model, partly, she explains here, to persuade the West of the beauty and sophistication of the Ugandan people. In the 1970s she turned to public service. Idi Amin, whom she initially viewed as a demented savior and whom she later rejected as a potential husband, appointed her foreign minister in 1974; during the politically sensitive years of transition to the current democratic regime, she was Uganda's ambassador to the United States. With disarming modesty, the princess's intelligent and gripping autobiography allows historical events precedence over her own often dramatic adventures. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

This autobiography of an African princess royal (her father was the king of Toro) and its comments on modern Ugandan history is a revised edition of African Princess which was published in Nigeria and then in Great Britain in 1983. Additions include accounts of the filming of her book, her marriage and the death of her husband, and her service as Ugandan ambassador to the United States under President Museveni. This very personal view of historical events from a woman who was educated at elite schools and became a lawyer, a high-fashion model, the foreign minister of Uganda under Idi Amin, and, most recently, ambassador to the United States, gives a different perspective from the standard historical accounts of Ugandan history and politics. The organization of the chapters, which include historical commentary out of chronological order, is confusing to anyone without a background in Ugandan history. Of interest to the informed general reader.
- Maidel Cason, Univ. of Delaware, Newark
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sherri j. thorne on August 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I first saw H.R.H. Elizabeth of Toro on Oprah in the late 80's and immediately bought her book. you cannot put it down! This is a fascinating biography that throws open the doors on the history of the Court of Toro, the political upheavel in Uganda and the journey of this beautiful, brillant and talented princess through it all. Educated in England at Sherborne School for Girls and later at Cambridge, Princess Elizabeth is also a lawyer, diplomat, model and actress. Her story is full of glamor, danger, intrigue, love and loss and is bond to make an indelible impression on all who read it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Noam on March 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a great firsthand account of Uganda's change from kingdoms through British colonialism and Amin. It focuses mostly on the kingdom of Toro in Western Uganda and Lady Bagaya's role in one of the most pivotal points in its history and her own personal life. She was a model, actress, princess, ambassador, lawyer. It is sad that this book is out of print as it is a must read for students of Africa and Women's studies. Even if her autobiography is taken with the appropriate grain of salt, she is definately one of the most important women in African history. When I met her she impressed me immensely. This book is almost identical to her "Odyssey of an African Princess" book but it includes less stuff about her husband. It should be required reading in so many subjects: African history, women's studies, political science.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Jacobs VINE VOICE on April 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
The narrative voice comes across as arrogant and hypocritical which makes it hard to keep reading. But the book does provide some useful information on Ugandan history, culture, and tradition.
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