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The Emperor, Downfall of an Autocrat

The Emperor, Downfall of an Autocrat

by Ryszard Kapuscinski

  • HISTORY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 180 PAGES

In 1975, Kapuscinski traveled throughout Ethiopia and listened to stories about the Supreme Emperor Haile Selassie told by the servants and associates that surrounded him while Ethiopia collapsed around him. Kapuscinski transformed the interviews into a powerful narrative of the high living and unimaginable abuse within the ancient regime (ETP10, $14.95)

Notes from the Hyena's Belly, An Ethiopian Boyhood

Notes from the Hyena's Belly, An Ethiopian Boyhood

by Nega Mezlekia

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 351 PAGES

A memoir of childhood in Ethiopia after the downfall of Emperor Haile Selassie. Mezlekia, who was born in Jigiga in 1958, chronicles his early childhood, youthful political activism and conscription into a guerilla army. (ETP26, $18.00)

Culture Smart! Ethiopia

Culture Smart! Ethiopia

by Sarah Howard

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture, equally of interest to the traveler and business person. (ETP41, $9.95)

Bradt Guide Ethiopia

Bradt Guide Ethiopia

by Philip Briggs

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 614 PAGES

A region-by-region overview of the country with brief introductory chapters on wildlife, culture and history for the traveler. Includes 65 maps and a section of color photographs. (ETP05, $26.99)

Ethiopia Map

Ethiopia Map

by ITMB

  • 2011
  • MAP

Color shaded relief map of Ethiopia at a scale of 1:2,000,000, featuring an inset of central Adis Ababa, and an index of place names. (ETP14, $12.00)

 
Lonely Planet Ethiopia Djibouti & Somaliland

Lonely Planet Ethiopia Djibouti & Somaliland


by Frances Linzee Gordon

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 404 PAGES

A comprehensive guide in the Lonely Planet style featuring maps, background detail on the country and culture -- and practical information for the traveler. (ETP30, $27.99)

Lonely Planet Ethiopian Amharic Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Ethiopian Amharic Phrasebook


by Tilahun Gabriel

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 276 PAGES

A handy phrasebook for Amharic basics. This guide focuses on pronunciation, basic grammar and essential vocabulary for the traveler. (ETP06, $8.99)

A History of Ethiopia

A History of Ethiopia


by Harold Marcus

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 300 PAGES

A challenging, in-depth survey of Africa's oldest nation, ranging from prehistory to 1991; organized chronologically, it features three chapters on the long reign of Haile Sellassie -- his rise to power and eventual overthrow. (ETP01, $31.95)

The Blue Nile

The Blue Nile


by Alan Moorehead

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

In this grand history of exploration and events on the great river from 1798 to 1869, Moorehead follows the course of the Blue Nile from the Ethiopian highlands through Sudan and Egypt to the Mediterranean. (EGY67, $14.99)

Lucy, The Beginnings of Humankind

Lucy, The Beginnings of Humankind


by Maitland Armstrong Edey | Donald Johanson

  • ARCHAEOLOGY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 409 PAGES

The original, influential account of the thrilling discovery of Lucy in 1974 and the impact of the discovery on ideas about human evolution. (ATP06, $17.00)

In Search of King Solomon's Mines

In Search of King Solomon's Mines


by Tahir Shah

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A man with a passion for tracking down oddball legends and impossible stories, Shah tackles, in this rollicking account, Ethiopia and the legendary home of the Queen of Sheba. (ETP28, $14.95)

The Sign and the Seal, The Quest for the Lost Arc of the Covenant

The Sign and the Seal, The Quest for the Lost Arc of the Covenant


by Graham Hancock

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 600 PAGES

A page-turning yarn of adventure, amazing persistence, and scholarship, which follows Hancock's 1983 visit to Axum, Ethiopia, the legendary resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. (AFR23, $17.99)

Beneath the Lion's Gaze

Beneath the Lion's Gaze


by Maaza Mengiste

  • LITERATURE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 308 PAGES

A powerful novel that opens in Addis Ababa on the eve of the 1974 revolution and follows the heartbreaking story of a family across a ravaged Ethiopia. (ETP50, $14.95)

Cutting for Stone

Cutting for Stone


by Abraham Verghese

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 667 PAGES

Verghese's powerful tale of the coming-of-age of orphaned twin brothers, sons of an Indian nun and a British surgeon, moves from Addis Ababa on the brink of revolution to New York and back again. (ETP43, $15.95)

Flashman on the March

Flashman on the March


by George MacDonald Fraser

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 378 PAGES

In this 12th outing in the series, our reluctant hero finds himself at the center of General Robert Napier's Abyssinian campaign. It's another excellent opportunity to comment on the folly of the British Empire, a rollicking entertainment and painless dose of history. (ETP37, $16.00)

Sweetness in the Belly

Sweetness in the Belly


by Camilla Gibb

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 338 PAGES

Gibbs conjures the complex history of Ethiopian culture in this affecting novel, which follows young Lilly from London to Morocco and Harar. (ETP45, $15.00)

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears


by Dinaw Mengestu

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 228 PAGES

In this powerful debut novel, Mengestu follows the fate and fortunes of Sepha Stephanos, an Ethiopian immigrant who runs a grocery store in a poor black neighborhood in Washington D.C. Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book. (ETP49, $16.00)

To Asmara

To Asmara


by Thomas Keneally

  • LITERATURE
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 392 PAGES

The tale of discovery in war-torn Africa, this novel follows the fate of a journalist in the midst of the devastating conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea. (AFR24, $17.99)

Birds of Africa South of the Sahara

Birds of Africa South of the Sahara


by Ian Sinclair | Peter Ryan

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 760 PAGES

This compact field guide, the first to describe and illustrate all of the birds of sub-Saharan Africa, features 359 color plates and 2,100 range maps. Especially useful for those southern African countries without their own field guides. (SAF143, $49.50)

Birds of Eastern Africa, Princeton Illustrated Checklists

Birds of Eastern Africa, Princeton Illustrated Checklists


by Ber Van Perlo

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

This handy guide illustrates and briefly describes most East African birds. A remarkably small book, it features 96 color plates, 1,487 species and essential information for quick reference in the field. (EAF40, $29.95)

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals

Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals


by Jonathan Kingdon

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

A conveniently compact edition of Kingdon's gloriously illustrated Field Guide to African Mammals. Includes abbreviated information on identification, distribution, ecology and conservation status and 480 outstanding color illustrations and maps. (EAF128, $25.95)

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