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Idi Amin: Death-Light of Africa

Idi Amin: Death-Light of Africa

By David Gwyn

Little, Brown, 1977, 240 pp.

Gwyn (a pseudonym masking the identity of a Briton who apparently served in Uganda's government under colonial rule and through the beginning of Amin's regime) assaults the reader with a terrifying barrage of facts, dates, places, names, with modes of torture, mutilation, death. His extraordinary indictment is followed by the thoughtful reflections of Ali Mazrui on Uganda and the dilemma it poses for Africans regarding human rights in the black-ruled states of the continent.