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From Nicholas Garrigan's catbird seat, Foden guides us through the horrors of Amin's Uganda. It would be simple enough to make the dictator merely monstrous, but Foden defies expectation, rendering him appealing even as he terrifies. The doctor "couldn't help feeling awed by the sheer size of him and the way, even in those unelevated circumstances, he radiated a barely restrained energy.... I felt--far from being the healer--that some kind of elemental force was seeping into me." And Garrigan makes a fine stand-in for Conrad's Marlow as he travels up a river of blood from naiveté to horrified recognition of his own complicity. As if this weren't enough, Foden also treats us to a finely drawn portrait of Africa in all its natural, political, and social complexity. The Last King of Scotland makes for dark but compelling reading. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
For. A first time author it was great. I'm looking forward to his next book. He will only get bet better.Am in ways a turkey evil mana the author handled him well.Published 1 month ago by Dave Peterson
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I learned so much about Africa and the incredible mind of Idi Amin. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sylvia Whittum
An excellent narrative fiction. Provides interesting insights into Idi Amin's regime. A provocative look at the power of charisma and how one can be trapped by their own decisions... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Duncan
I watched this once while enroute om Virgin Atlantic back to England. Scary & I think very representative of the man!Published 7 months ago by Richard I. Pigott
Unbelievable, everyone should read this book, Giles Foden has written a powerful story about this brutal, brutal, man.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a female reader who doesn't 'do' war/ politics/ espionage, I wasn't sure I'd like this, but I really enjoyed it, especially the earlier part which others have criticized as... Read morePublished 11 months ago by sally tarbox