The Emperor

The Emperor

Downfall of An Autocrat

eBook - 1983
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This account of the rise and fall of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie is "an unforgettable, fiercely comic, and finally compassionate book" (Salman Rushdie, Man Booker Prize-winning author).

After Haile Selassie was deposed in 1974, Ryszard Kapuściński--Poland's top foreign correspondent--went to Ethiopia to piece together a firsthand account of how the emperor governed his country, and why he finally fell from power. At great risk to himself, Kapuściński interviewed members of the imperial circle who had gone into hiding.

The result is this remarkable book, in which Selassie's servants and closest associates share accounts--humorous, frightening, sad, grotesque--of a man living amidst nearly unimaginable pomp and luxury while his people teetered between hunger and starvation. It is a classic portrait of authoritarianism, and a fascinating story of a forty-four-year reign that ended with a coup d'état in 1974.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1983
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780547539218
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jan 17, 2017

Great reporting, reminds me of Svetlana Alexievitch.

Oct 31, 2016

I have enjoyed all of Kapuscinski's works and not seen any credible, fact-checked or referenced information discrediting his work. Kapuscinski comes from an era of "boots on the ground journalism", partly due to the micro budget he was given from his original communist Polish newspapers. It's so easy nowadays to throwaway a negative comment anonymously online. Go exercise your democratic freedom and read whatever you wish.

Oct 31, 2016

Whether or not this book is a reliable history, it is nevertheless a wonderful read. Kapuscinski reveals the bizarre rationalizations that infect the corrupt like a parasite that eventually destroys its host. It was a real page turner for me, fascinating and, 'freerootical's' criticism notwithstanding, a revelation of the working details of this particular despot.

Sep 18, 2012

The author of this book, Ryszard Kapuscinski, has since been discredited. He was a propaghandist and wrote many books that were not based on fact. If you want to enjoy a piece of fiction about Haile Selassie, then read this book.

Read it for yourself,


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