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The Last King of Scotland

by Giles Foden

Even though the book deals with an horrific period in Uganda's history, it does not dwell on the gory aspects, but instead gives you a broader view of life at the time. A dark, but compelling read.

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Groaning in the grass, Idi was convinced the wrist was broken, and he cursed me in Swahili as I bound it up. But I must have done something right because, a few months later, I received a letter appointing me to the post of President Amin's personal physician. That was Idi's way, you see. Punish or reward. You couldn't say no. Or I didn't think, back then, that you could.

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