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The Crown and the Pen: The Memoirs of a Lawyer Turned Rebel [Paperback]

Bereket Habte Selassie

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Crown 12 Dec 2007
By Waynee - Published on Amazon.com
"The Crown..." is yet another great achievement by professor Bereket, who writes with simple yet clear language about his life story, which is an extraordinary story indeed. It is fascinating to read about his humble beginning in the beautiful highlands of Eritrea, to universities in Europe at early age, to the courts of Emperor Haile Sellassie, to student and social movements of Ethiopia, and finally into the independence movement of his native Eritrea. Indeed, "The crown and the pen..." is an excellent achievement by a man who has seen and been in extraordinary historical events in the recent histories of both Eritrea and Ethiopia.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book 4 Jun 2014
By A. Ghirmai - Published on Amazon.com
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It is Great Item. As described. Items were shipped with great care. The price was reasonable as well. I read Dr. Bereket other book. Well written Thank you!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic work 19 Dec 2013
By emnetu tesfay - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved the book because the author is an amazingly resourceful person. The author seems to have valuable information from the time of Emperor Hailesellassie's rule and some of the information never told before. Both the content and the presentation is wonderful.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A traitor 10 July 2008
By adiam berhane - Published on Amazon.com
Dr.Bereket is a traitor to his nation and to himself. He wanted a position in the government that he was not fit for. He formed an opposition group, that is not a crime. His groups meets in Ethiopia, that is treasonous. No real Eritrean would do such a thing. His wife is Ethiopian, it matters in the context of his criticisms of the government of Eritrea. He romanticizes the worst leader in Africa's history, Haile Selassie. The reason I believe this is because he is a man whose decisions still affects Africa today, in terms of the lack of pan-africanism and the ineffectiveness of the A.U. Eritrea does not have the same "democracy" that America has. That is true, please review history and see how long it took for America to achieve this. Anyone can google photos of Eritrea, or videos and tell me if you see a cleaner, safer African city. The government has made sure that corruption would not be an Eritrean problem.Is there compulsory military service? Yes. Are Jehovah Witnesses illegal? Yes. These same two facts are true for Israel. Is Eritrea suspicious of missionaries?-both Christian and Muslims- You bet. We know history and we know how infiltration occurs. We were Christians before those who wish to come in and introduce Christianity. We have been Muslims since the time Mohammed's family fled into Eritrea. There is nothing new in either holy book , so why are they coming? Take a guess. Our leaders have all of their kids-boys and girls- in the army. Why is that important? I wonder how quickly Bush and company would have gone into Iraq if the twins were in the army.We do not accept full aid. We like cooperative programs that make us independent. a perfect example is the medial program in conjunction with George Washington University. While the BBC is reporting that the capitol of Ethiopia is like an open sewer, Eritrea is lauded by the EU for being committed to recycling, before it became in vogue. While Ethiopia receives billions in aid per year is on he verge of famine,Eritrea is working towards food security. Eritrea is run by men and women, not angels and saints so mistakes can and will happen. There are things that you can never do if you are Eritrean, and betraying your country is foremost. We would sooner betray our families or ourselves then our country, because the price of Eritrea of a free Eritrea was too high. It would dishonor those who gave their lives not just with death, but spent their whole lives in the struggle. These are men and women who have never known a moment of rest. .As long as he is alive, he can add a chapter of reconcilliation and forgiveness to his memoirs. It would be sad if he never gets to see Eritrea again. If there is apiece of Eritrea left in him then he would not be able to stand this. Perhaps all that was Eritrean in him died when he went to Ethiopia. Eritreans have survived 60 years of colonial rule, 11 years of British administration, and 31 years of Ethiopian occupation, does he really think we would be held under the thumb of a dictator? No he does not .He knows Isias and knows him well, and Isias knows him very well. If Dr.Bereket was ignorant then he could be forgiven, since he is quite intelligent his memoirs are sad.
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