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Haile Selassie's War

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  17 ratings  ·  1 review
"Half-man, half-snake" was how the Emperor Haile Selassie was described by one of his most ferocious rivals, the eunuch Balcha, who had commanded the artillery at the battle of Adowa where the first Italian invasion of Ethiopia was bloodily repulsed. Forty years later the old Galla warrior was to die, machine-gun in hand, once again attempting, this time without success to ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Olive Branch Press (first published 1984)
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Erik Graff
May 03, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ethiopia/WWII fans
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A long-term Bosnian friend spent most of her adolescence and early adulthood in Addis Ababa, learning English at the American high school there while her Dad, an engineer, was doing aid work in the country. Knowing their family got me to read many books about Yugoslavia and, prior to this, two books about Ethiopia: one about the recent communist regime, another about the Emperor Theodore in the 19th century. I had never, however, read anything about Ethiopia during the Italian invasion and occup ...more
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