The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat - Part 2: It's Coming, It's Coming, Pages 59 - 75 Summary & Analysis

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Part 2: It's Coming, It's Coming, Pages 59 - 75 Summary and Analysis

The Emperor's court was, unsurprisingly, filled with highly ambitious men. They sought advantage in any way possible and even bickered over their order in the Imperial procession. Makonen Habte-Wald was an exception to this rule, however. He truly served out of devotion to the Emperor. He lived modestly—drove an old car and lived in a small house. He was technically charged with monitoring and managing the nation's industry, but in truth his real responsibilities involved creating and maintaining a network of informants for the Emperor. This network kept tabs on anyone who might pose a threat to the Emperor's rule.

One such person was a man named Germame Neway. He first rose to power in Ethiopia as a governor of a region in the south. His rise...

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