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The Mission: The Life, Reign & Character of Haile Sellassie 1


Haile Sellassie 1 was born with the qualities of a ruler — intelligence, energy and self-discipline — but he had to wage a long dynastic struggle to obtain ascendancy.

A remarkable book that discusses Menelik’s heritage, Yassu and Tafari, animals and people, the generation gap and the coup. The revolution is focused on in three different spectrums: the young generation, the crescendo, and the finale.

Weight 7.2 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 0.5 × 8.2 in




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Hans W. Lockot


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From Library Journal

Lockot was head of the Research Division of the National Library of Ethiopia for 20 years, although there is no indication he had any personal dealings with Haile Sellassie. While not altogether denying the subject's shortcomings, this book is really a hagiography of an emperor who "ruled his country like a virtuoso soloist playing a concerto." It attempts to shed light on the "landscape" of his mind, but Lockot's unsubstantiated generalizations detract from what might otherwise be a readable, if opinionated, book for general readers. For small collections Peter Schwab's Haile Selassie I (Nelson-Hall, 1979) would be a better selection.

-Paul H. Thomas, Hoover Inst . Lib., Stanford, Cal.

Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Excellen book about the movement" -- B.J. Johnson

"excellent book" -- Luther Warner