Shortly after his arrival in Uganda, Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan is called to the scene of a bizarre accident: Idi Amin, careening down a dirt road in his Maserati, has hit a cow. When Garrigan tends to Amin, the dictator, obsessed with all things Scottish, appoints him as his personal physician. So begins a fateful dalliance with the African leader whose Emperor Jones-style autocracy would transform into a reign of terror. In The Last King of Scotland, Foden's Amin is as ridiculous as he is abhorrent: a self-proclaimed cannibal who, at the end of his eight years in power, would be responsible for 300,000 deaths. As Garrigan awakens to his patient's barbarism-and his own complicity in it-we enter a venturesome meditation on conscience, charisma, and the slow corruption of the human heart.
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"Scotsman Nicholas Garrigan volunteers for posting to a medical clinic in Uganda as a way to escape his domineering father while providing medical care to the truly needy. Through a strange set of circumstances Dr. Garrigan becomes personal physician to the new Ugandan president, Idi Amin. Narrator Mirron Willis presents a dazzling cast of characters, including African tribesmen, diplomats, Scots, and Brits, all with vocal authority, clarity, and believability. The essence of this story is the conflict within Garrigan as he is forced to acknowledge the heinous crimes committed by Amin. Willis's work is instrumental in bringing readers face-to-face with Garrigan's moral dilemma as he descends from well-meaning physician to political accomplice. T.J.M. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"
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