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The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat Summary
Ryszard Kapuściński

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The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat Summary

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Emperor Haile Selassie ruled Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. While his regime was dedicated to the improvement of Ethiopia and making economic progress to end or alleviate the suffering of the poor, corruption permeated through it, up to even the highest levels. When international attention was turned to the fact that nobles and dignitaries were living lives of luxury while hundreds of thousands were dying of disease and starvation, a revolution began in the country, ending ultimately in the Emperor's deposition.

The Emperor's reign was concerned with, above all, ensuring that he stayed in power. Every morning he was briefed with intelligence reports about any conspiracies or dissidents in the Empire. Positions were handed out based not on merit or ability, but rather on how the person filling the position would make the Emperor look. Thus, he often purposefully chose unskilled and incompetent people to fill important roles. That way...

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