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Jeff Pearce is having a rather eclectic writing career. He's been a farm reporter without ever seeing a farm and has ghostwritten editorials for an Indian community newspaper. He once edited financial journals in the heart of the City and later wrote popular erotica novels under pseudonyms from a flat in Bethnal Green.

In 2005, he briefly taught journalism in Burma. In 2007, he wrote his stage play, Defenders of Gravity, which was inspired by the friendships of the famous science fiction writers in the 1950s; the work was chosen by a professional panel to inaugurate the Playwrights of Spring Festival in Toronto. In 2009, his book of investigative journalism, Gangs in Canada, prompted scores of interviews with media, and the work was adopted as a textbook for criminology courses at Kwantlen University and Douglas College in British Columbia. Meanwhile, his science fiction and fantasy works have earned critical praise from indie reviewers and a loyal following.

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Jeff Pearce has worked as a talk show host, a magazine editor in London's famous "City" district, and a journalism instructor in Myanmar. He is the author of several novels published in the United States and the United Kingdom under pseudonyms and under his own name. He has also written several books on history and current affairs. He lives in Toronto, Canada. Richard Pankhurst has a doctorate in economic history from the London School of Economics. In 1962, he was the founding director of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at the University College of Addis Ababa, and, in 2004, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to Ethiopian studies. He lives in Addis Ababa.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Prevail. Rescuing people and events from undeserved obscurity 17 Dec. 2014
By David Rowinski - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I came across a Facebook post for Prevail and immediately ordered the book. I set aside several things I had been reading thinking I would make quick work of Prevail and was taken aback by its size. The reader should not be intimidated nor overwhelmed as the book is so well written as to draw one quickly along. Mr Pearce's meticulously researched work tracks the conflict in Ethiopia by following the actions of the participants rescuing many from obscurity.These were fascinating people who should set the reader searching for even more about their lives. By the end of the book I recalled Hunter S Thompson's Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail 1972 in that I walked away with a greater understanding of the political process without having to struggle with it rendered as abstract theory. As the author follows events, the ineffective reaction to Mussolini's invasion seemed inevitable. But on the ground, despite being abandoned by the League of Nations, an array of fascinating personalities kept up the struggle for Ethiopian independence. This is a book that deserves not only a place on people's TBR list but consideration for book awards. Prevail filled a large hole in my knowledge about East Africa. The book has created a dilemma as I realized less than half way through that I would be rereading it but want to pass it to others in an effort to build an audience not just for the actual book but the people within it who deserve a long overdo moment in the sun. Given the current state of global politics this is a timely work that should spur important debate on the past in an effort to learn from mistakes while being inspired by the courage and resilience of the many who resisted invasion.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Yes, prevail endeed! 27 Nov. 2014
By Benyam G Alemu - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My grand father used to tell me stories about this war and I always wanted to find a well written and researched book on the 1935 Italian aggression on my country. This book presents the facts and the sad truth of what had happened.the audio book is even more intriguing and well narrated.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Prevail exposes a critical but very different prologue to WW2 23 Nov. 2014
By George P. Winckel - Published on
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Mr. Pearce at long last provides an overdue narrative about Mussolini's expansionism in the Horn of Africa. The reader will thoroughly enjoy meeting Pearce's host of colorful characters. Few today truly appreciate the atrocity that was Mussolini's use of mustard gas, a wholly criminal act used to force battle. Pearce's story exposes the world powers' intentional blindness to what happened in Ethiopia, and illustrates how the tendency to look the other way permeated through the ages. Happily, this is also a great underdog story, and Pearce manages to portray how the Ethiopians prevailed against all odds. Mussolini apologists will surely come out of the woodwork to diminish this well-told story. Pearce's book belongs on the shelf of every WWII enthusiasts, as it provides the missing prologue to the war that would unravel the whole world.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Superb 18 Dec. 2014
By Brook - Published on
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This book is simply the best book ever written on this specific subject. The author has done his homework to come up with this masterpiece. You have done Ethiopians a justice while reminding the West and the powerful to do what is right or suffer the consequences of injustice. One can learn easily how Ethiopia's case could have saved the world from the atrocities of the World War II just by the simple task of honoring the principles of the ill fated League of Nations. HaileSillasie's speech at the League was indeed a prophetic one "Today its us, tomorrow its you". Thank God for creating Karma.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Great Read for Anyone Interested in WWII or 20th Century Political History 31 Dec. 2014
By Tania Costanzo - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Brilliantly written and meticulously researched, with characters that jump off the page. Prevail shines a light on a shameful display of western behavior that's almost been forgotten... Like the best history books, Prevail shows how past events keep echoing through time, with a clear impact on today's world.
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