Emperor Haile Selassie

A sensitive portrayal of Selassie as both emperor and man, by one who knew him well

Long before the rise in Africa of such men as Nkrumah and Nyerere – indeed, when most of them were still students – Haile Selassie had become world renowned. As the head of Africa’s only (truly) independent nation, the emperor exerted considerable influence on Africans on the continent as well as those in the Diaspora.

– Bereket Habte Selassie

Born Tafari, Haile Selassie is one of the most iconic figures of the twentieth century, who ruled Ethiopia for nearly six decades, from 1916–1974. This biography documents the life of a man who was able to abolish slavery, introduce constitutional reform and expand educational opportunity in Ethiopia after a number of struggles, which included being exiled in England for five years. Selassie was also instrumental in the founding of the Organization of African Unity in 1963, but he fell short of the ultimate goal of a promised democracy in Ethiopia. Despite all odds, Selassie managed to play a pivotal role towards the movement of Ethiopia’s independence. 

Emperor Haile Selassie is a readable, well-organised book that accurately portrays the life of the Ethiopian King of Kings and, through him, the history of the nation. The author is at his best in relating his personal experience and ties to the Emperor – original material that I found fascinating.

– Theodore M. Vestal, author of The Lion of Judah in the New World: Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and the Shaping of Americans’ Attitudes toward Africa

Former state official Bereket Habte Selassie tells the story by drawing from his own personal experience and ties to the Emperor, which makes this a unique and interesting read. 


About the Author

Bereket Habte Selassie is William E. Leuchtenburg Professor of African Studies and Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and former attorney general of Ethiopia as well as associate justice of the Supreme Court of Ethiopia.

Parameters of Book: 
Author: Bereket Habte Selassie
ISBN: 9781431421176
d-PDF ISBN: 9781431421183
ePUB ISBN: 9781431421190
mobi file ISBN: 9781431421206
Size (mm): 180x110mm
Pages: 160pp
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black and White 
Rights: South African
Language: English
Publication Date: November 2014