A Student of History

October 15, 2006

The Last King of Scotland – Review

Filed under: The past that is still with us — John Maass @ 1:48 pm

From the Columbus Dispatch of 10/15/2006:

Forgive anyone younger than 30 for assuming that the central character in The Last King of Scotland is a satirical exaggeration concocted by an undisciplined screenwriter.


Unfortunately, Gen. Idi Amin was real. After toppling the government of Uganda in a military coup, he served as the absolute ruler of the African nation from 1971 until he was overthrown in 1979. He then fled into exile and died in 2003 in Saudi Arabia. During his near decade in power, Amin was a buffoonish presence full of swagger and bluff who flattered himself as the homegrown savior of his people. Among his many selfbestowed titles was “King of Scotland” because he had an almost-fetishistic attraction to the nation.

The rest of the review is here.

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