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The Autobiography of Emperor Haile Sellassie I: "My Life and Ethiopia's Progress" 1892-1937
The Autobiography of Emperor Haile Sellassie I: "My Life and Ethiopia's Progress" 1892-1937
By Translated and Annotated By Edward Ullendorff
Oxford University Press, 1976, 335 pp.

A prime source for historians, this account of the Emperor's early life (dictated by Haile Sellassie in exile in England in 1937) is formal rather than personal, long on facts and short on motivation; but glimpses of the intelligent and large-spirited Lion of Judah of that day can be discerned.