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King of kings : the triumph and tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia

Author: Asfa-Wossen Asserate; Peter Lewis; Thomas Pakenham
Publisher: London : Haus Publishing Ltd, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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He was the scion of a dynasty that was reputed to descend from King Solomon, a pioneer of African unity and independence, a staunch confederate of the Allies in their fight against the fascist Axis powers and the messiah of the Jamaican Rastafarian movement. He was a reformer and an autocrat, whose rule was brought to a brutal and ignominious end when he was toppled and murdered by communist rebels. The impressive,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biografie
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia; Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia; Haile Selassie, Äthiopien Kaiser
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Asfa-Wossen Asserate; Peter Lewis; Thomas Pakenham
ISBN: 9781910376645 1910376647
OCLC Number: 987610656
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Description: xxix, 428 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue : Who was Haile Selassie? --
Notes on the text --
A childhood in Harar --
Two cousins vie for power --
The Ethiopian Machiavelli --
The elect of God --
The darkest hour --
The Lion of Judah returns --
Shots across the bows --
Shaking hands with history --
An empty house --
Haile Selassie's legacy --
Ethiopian imperial titles, in descending order of rank --
Glossary --
Family tree.
Other Titles: Letzte Kaiser von Afrika.
Responsibility: Asfa-Wossen Asserate ; translated by Peter Lewis ; foreword by Thomas Pakenham.
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He was the scion of a dynasty that was reputed to descend from King Solomon, a pioneer of African unity and independence, a staunch confederate of the Allies in their fight against the fascist Axis powers and the messiah of the Jamaican Rastafarian movement. He was a reformer and an autocrat, whose rule was brought to a brutal and ignominious end when he was toppled and murdered by communist rebels. The impressive, dazzling and complex personality of Haile Selassie, King of Kings, is brilliantly conveyed in this biographical portrait by Asfa-Wossen Asserate, his close relation. The author spent his childhood and early youth in Ethiopia, though he never held political office in his native country, where his father was the last president of the Imperial Crown Council. The background of the author, who knew Haile Selassie in person, afforded him intimate insights into life at the Ethiopian court and the increasingly controversial policies pursued by the emperor. Asfa-Wossen Asserate's own experiences, augmented by intensive research in both family and public archives, combine to produce a uniquely detailed portrayal of the last King of Kings of Ethiopia and the turbulent and tragic history of the country over which he reigned supreme for much of the 20th century. -- from cover.

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