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Haile Selassie's War Paperback – 14 May 2004

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  • Paperback: 454 pages
  • Publisher: Signal Books; 2 edition (14 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902669533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902669533
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,102,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... a triumph of scholarship, conciseness and cohesion, of order over chaos." Times Literary Supplement "A brilliant record of the almost forgotten Anglo-Italian struggle for Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa." John Keegan

About the Author

ANTHONY MOCKLER is a former foreign correspondent, specializing in Africa, and the author of Mercenaries, Our Enemies the French, and a biography of Graham Greene.


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A superb book, giving a very good 'flavour' of a modern colonial war in all its horrors, with Italian use of poison gas and bombing as well as the deployment of tanks. The old-fashioned techniques employed by the Italians witheir technically far superior weapons contrasts strongly with the almost medieval hosts of Ethiopians, whose army Haile Selassie was frantically trying to upgrade. In the final section of the book, the Allied conquest of Italian Abyssinia is shown with all the initial bumbling incompetance of all involved and the eventual cracking of Italian morale. The bravery of all combatants is clearly demonstrated. Finally, Haile Selassie's skill as a politician among a host of disembling, devious western soldiers and politicians and equally devious Ethiopian nobles is beautifully illustrated. Mockler is not a military man, but his descriptions of the conflict are beautifully concise and give a very 'real' flavour to a little known period of African history.
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The period of the wars in Ethiopia/Abyssinia involving Italy receive so little coverage, so it is wonderful to discover a book like this. Mockler draws you in from the 1st chapter, writing in a fantastically flowing and enthusiastic narrative style. He manages to make a seemingly exceptionally complicated situation - certainly in terms of the various Ethiopian titles/ranks and names - digestible and fascinating; although I think he gets more into his stride with the coverage of the British-led fightback during WW2. In terms of content, I cannot praise this book highly enough. It does, sadly, lack for decent maps, and has no illustrations. Mockler is not a military man, but this book would certainly have benefited from the military approach of including maps to cover the ground in general (giving a full overview of the African colonial situation and particularly of the area of East Africa), and of the ground in detail. Maps are very poor. Further (minor) gripes are total lack of illustrations and very poor binding job by the publishers. But for these points, I would have given this 5 stars.
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This is a sort of war diary about a long forgotten campaign in 1941. It is not a particularly easy read as the characterisation is understandably complicated. It is a good background book.
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