King of Kings
The Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia
Distributed for Haus Publishing
Asserate introduces Haile Selassie as a reformer and an autocrat whose personal history—with all of its upheavals, promises, and horrors—reflects in many ways the history of the twentieth century itself. Chosen as Time’s “Man of the Year” in 1936 for resisting Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie was celebrated by many as the anti-colonialist “father of Africa.” But the final years of his empire saw turmoil and revolution, and he was ultimately overthrown and assassinated in a communist coup.
Asserate, who spent his childhood and adolescence in Ethiopia before fleeing the revolution of 1974, knew Haile Selassie personally and gained intimate insights into life at the imperial court. Using his own personal experiences and painstaking research in family and public archives, Asserate has achieved a colorful and even-handed portrait of the emperor and his tumultuous reign.
Prologue: Who Was Haile Selassie?
Notes on the text
1. A childhood in Harar
2. Two Cousins vie for power
3. The Ethiopian Machiavelli
4. The Elect of God
5. The darkest of God
6. The Lion of Judah returns
7. Shots across the bows
8. Shaking hands with history
9. An empty house
10. Haile Selassie’s legacy
Ethiopian Imperial Titles, in descending order of rank