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by Andrew Rice

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A superior work of history and journalism. Rice tells the story of a nation while covering a compelling murder mystery and trial. Hard to understand why this book was not at least shortlisted for the Johnson Prize. ( )
  yeremenko | Oct 5, 2011 |
Excellent book about the violent regime of Idi Amin and its effects on current-day Uganda. Rice provides an easily understood explanation of the various factions in Uganda, including the effects of imperialism, religion, and ethnicity. The book effectively uses the recent murder trial of an former Amin general to explore the past and ponder the future of Uganda. ( )
  bluebyrd | Jul 25, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805079653, Hardcover)

From a new star of American journalism, a riveting murder mystery that reveals the forces roiling today’s Africa

From Rwanda to Sierra Leone, African countries recovering from tyranny and war are facing an impossible dilemma: to overlook past atrocities for the sake of peace or to seek catharsis through tribunals and truth commissions. Uganda chose the path of forgetting: after Idi Amin’s reign was overthrown, the new government opted for amnesty for his henchmen rather than prolonged conflict.

Ugandans tried to bury their history, but reminders of the truth were never far from view. A stray clue to the 1972 disappearance of Eliphaz Laki led his son to a shallow grave—and then to three executioners, among them Amin’s chief of staff. Laki’s discovery resulted in a trial that gave voice to a nation’s past: as lawyers argued, tribes clashed, and Laki pressed for justice, the trial offered Ugandans a promise of the reckoning they had been so long denied.

For four years, Andrew Rice followed the trial, crossing Uganda to investigate Amin’s legacy and the limits of reconciliation. At once a mystery, a historical accounting, and a portrait of modern Africa, The Teeth May Smile But the Heart Does Not Forget is above all an exploration of how—and whether—the past can be laid to rest.

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After Idi Amin's reign was overthrown, the new government opted for amnesty for his henchmen rather than prolonged conflict. Ugandans tried to bury their history, but reminders of the truth were never far from view until a stray clue to the 1972 disappearance of Eliphaz Laki led his son to a shallow grave resulted in a trial that gave voice to a nation's past. In his book, Andrew Rice follows the trial, crossing Uganda to investigate Amin's legacy and the limits of reconciliation.… (more)

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