"Idi Amin" by Mark Leopold

Idi Amin The Story of Africa's Icon of Evil Mark Leopold

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
10 Nov 2020
ISBN:
9780300154399
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
320 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
30 color illus.
Sales territories:
World

In this powerful and provocative new account, Mark Leopold places Idi Amin’s military background and close relationship with the British state at the heart of the story. Using an innovative biographical approach, Leopold traces the interwoven myths and realities surrounding the dictator to reveal how Amin was, from birth, deeply rooted in the history of British colonial rule in east Africa. The rise of one of Africa’s most ruthless leaders, Leopold demonstrates, was a legacy of Western imperialism.

Mark Leopold is lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Sussex. His research in Idi Amin’s home area led to the book Inside West Nile, chosen as an “outstanding academic title of 2005” by the American Library Association.