The Teeth May Smile but the Heart Does Not Forget

The Teeth May Smile but the Heart Does Not Forget

Murder and Memory in Uganda

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
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.

McMillan Palgrave

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.



Baker
& Taylor

An analysis of Uganda's formidable national challenges in the aftermath of Idi Amin's tyrannical reign focuses on the unsolved murder of Eliphaz Laki and the country's polarizing efforts to simultaneously move on from past conflicts and provide justice for victims.

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Co., 2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805079654
0805079653
Branch Call Number: 967.6104 RICE
Characteristics: x, 363 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

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