The Emperor

The Emperor

Downfall of An Autocrat

Book - 1983
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Haile Selassie, King of Kings, Elect of God, Lion of Judah, His Most Puissant Majesty and Distinguished Highness the Emperor of Ethiopia, reigned from 1930 until he was overthrown by the army in 1974. While the fighting still raged, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Poland's leading foreign correspondent, traveled to Ethiopia to seek out and interview Selassie's servants and closest associates on how the Emperor had ruled and why he fell. This "sensitive, powerful. . .history" ( The New York Review of Books ) is Kapuscinski's rendition of their accounts--humorous, frightening, sad, groteque--of a man living amidst nearly unimaginable pomp and luxury while his people teetered netween hunger and starvation.
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich ; New York : Vintage, c1983
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780679722038
0679722033
9780151287710
0151287716
Branch Call Number: 963.06 SEL NVD
Characteristics: 164 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Emperor

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mclarjh
Jan 17, 2017

Great reporting, reminds me of Svetlana Alexievitch.

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Mommygirl
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.

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ClaireM_W
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.

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freerootical
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,
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/mar/02/ryszard-kapuscinski-accused-fiction-biography

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