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Born in Pinsk, now in Belarus, in 1932, Kapuscinski was the pre-eminent writer among Polish reporters. Kapuscinski's best-known book is just such a reportage-novel of the decline of Haile Selassie's anachronistic regime in Ethiopia - The Emperor, which has been translated into many languages. Shah of Shahs, about the last Shah of Iran, and Imperium, about the last days of the Soviet Union, have enjoyed similar success. He died in January 2007.
Neal Ascherson was born in Edinburgh in 1932, and has worked as a journalist all his life - mostly as a foreign correspondent in east-central Europe and in Africa. For some 12 years he was a columnist on The Observer and The Independent on Sunday. He wrote two books about Poland, and his recent works include Black Sea (1995) and Stone Voices (2002). Neal Ascherson lives in London and is married to the journalist and broadcaster Isabel Hilton.
An interesting approach to chronicling the collapse of Selassie's Ethiopian Empire,from the perspective of those who served him at Court.Published 2 months ago by Bryn
I'm not a great reviewer of books but I must say I really enjoyed this. It's written in a style, and from a perspective, that isn't usual in this genre of documentary... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kev Ramsay
Kapuscinski waas in my peripheral vision for some time before I got round to reading him. I got several of his books on kindle and several more out of the library. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. J. Hammond
It is amazing that this revolution of 40 years ago is not that different to what is still happening today. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ray Collins
This book shows life from inside the imperial palace looking back after the Emperor's removal. It is unusual in that we hear from those closest to the Emperor and displays a very... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gail Paget
Very good read very informative now I want to know more about this man and his works in his life time.Published 13 months ago by Zash
An interesting subject marred by inaccuracies in the text. The kindle edition has more errors in the text than those free books compiled by volunteers. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Em B
Wonderful overview of an autocratic system written in a very sharp style. Excellent buy and another example of Kapuscinski's genius.Published 20 months ago by Anna Bednarska