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The King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia (Hardback)
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The King of Kings: The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia (Hardback)

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Hardback 420 Pages / Published: 01/09/2015
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Haile Selassie I, the last emperor of Ethiopia, was as brilliant as he was formidable. A descendant of King Solomon and an early proponent of African unity and independence, Haile Selassie fought with the Allies against the Axis powers during World War II and was a messianic figure for the Jamaican Rastafarians. Written by Asfa-Wossen Asserate, Haile Selassie s grandnephew, this is the first major biography on this final king of kings. Asserate introduces Haile Selassie as a reformer and an autocrat whose personal history with all of its upheavals, promises, and horrors reflects in many ways the history of the twentieth century itself. Chosen as "Time" s Man of the Year in 1936 for resisting Mussolini s invasion of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie was celebrated by many as the anti-colonialist father of Africa. But the final years of his empire saw turmoil and revolution, and he was ultimately overthrown and assassinated in a communist coup. Asserate, who spent his childhood and adolescence in Ethiopia before fleeing the revolution of 1974, knew Haile Selassie personally and gained intimate insights into life at the imperial court.Using his own personal experiences and painstaking research in family and public archives, Asserate has achieved a colorful and even-handed portrait of the emperor and his tumultuous reign. "

Publisher: Haus Publishing
ISBN: 9781910376140
Number of pages: 420
Weight: 771 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A multifaceted picture of the so-called Father of Africa."
--Publishers Weekly
"A thorough and in-depth view of this larger-than-life figure. . . . Intertwines history, geography, politics, religion, and human interest to form a fascinating narration that covers much of the landscape of the twentieth century."
--Foreword Reviews
"A tautly written, remarkably even-handed account of successful autocracy."
--Spectator
"Haile Selassie is one of the most bizarre and misunderstood figures in 20th-century history, alternately worshipped and mocked, idolised and marginalised. This magnificent biography by the German-Ethiopian historian Asfa-Wossen Asserate (a distant relation of Selassie), and translated by Peter Lewis, is diligently researched and fair-minded; he is at last accorded a proper dignity."
--Guardian
"Provides an authoritative, insider's perspective and a refreshingly balanced look at this fascinating international figure who was the global face of Ethiopia for most of the 20th century. . . . King of Kings: Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia is full of captivating details that only an insider could share; it is written with great poise and warmth for the enigmatic leader while at the same time cognizant of the swelling unhappiness and criticism the Emperor faced from his own people impatient with the pace of change."
--Tadias Magazine
"This moving and commanding work of literature, a perspective from inside the subject's world and yet with full recognition of the world which surrounded it, is a litany of lessons, and a signal reminder of the human components of leadership."
--Defense & Foreign Affairs Special Analysis

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