The Emperor

The Emperor

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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, grotesque—of a man living amidst nearly unimaginable pomp and luxury while his people teetered between hunger and starvation.

Title:The Emperor
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780679722038
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    The Emperor Reviews

  • Diane S ?

    The author is a Polish journalist and in this book he Chronicles the downfall of Haile Selassie, the longtime ruler of Ethiopia. The book is divided into three sections, and in the first he interviews...

  • Rowena

    A 3.5 star rating perhaps. This book contains accounts from those close to Ethiopia’s last emperor, Haile Selassie. It chronicles Selassie’s opulent lifestyle and his subsequent downfall. It speak...

  • Jacob Overmark

    By the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Elect of God”A sovereign, a direct descendant from the Queen of Sheba and the King ...

  • Conrad

    From the waning Gomulka regime forward, Kapuscinski fashioned a journalistic career out of exceedingly subtle swipes at the pretenses and tragicomic self-deception of Soviet-style Communism. The Emper...

  • Tyler

    The Emperor baffles any ready description. A Polish journalist, Ryszard Kapuscinski, renders an account of the last schizophrenic years of Ethiopia’s ancient kingdom and the demise of it emperor, wh...

  • Monica

    Great historical book describing the mood of the palace in Ethiopia under the rule of Haile Selassie. Excellent in its description of mood. You actually see the insanity and chaos that Selassie create...

  • Sam

    A little lesson in the blurred lines between reportage and fiction - a "detailed account" of the fall of Haile Sellasie given by the ministers and servants who once waited upon him. Not, of course, th...

  • J.C.

    This book was a gift to me from a friend who is a former Guardian journalist. During the Communist era Ryszard Kapuściński was foreign correspondent for the Polish Press Agency, and reported on civi...

  • Adam Dalva

    Fascinating book - an oral history of the last days of Haile Selassie's empire told by his palace servants. It most reminded me of the second half of Murakami's underground, when the brainwashed forme...

  • Csar Lasso

    My favorite books by Kapuscinski are those where the author travels and explains for the world what other peoples feel. This is just an original biography. It has been contested in its accuracy. The p...