A new book on the Oromo and the Christian Kingdom of Ethiopia

Friday 18th of December 2015 08:30:47 AM  |  Ethiopia Observer

A new book entitled “The Oromo and the Christian Kingdom of Ethiopia” written by Mohammed Hassen, has just been published by James Currey Publisher. The author who is an associate professor in the Department of History, Georgia State University has written a number of books including The Oromo of Ethiopia: A History, 1570 to 1860. The new book focuses on one of the largest and most widely spread ethnic groups in the country and how the massive 16th-century pastoral Oromo population m…


A new light on the legacy of Meles Zenawi

Wednesday 9th of December 2015 04:46:45 AM  |  Ethiopia Observer

Two popular images dominated the perception of Ethiopia’s former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who died on 20 August 2012, at the age of 57. One was a recipe for autocracy and unaccountability, the other as an epitome of strength and brilliance. For Gérard Prunier, a French scholar, these are matters primarily within the realm of politics, not the verdict of history. Prunier admits it is too early “to establish a firm and definitive diagnosis” of Meles’s place and ro…


A Book on Monarchy, Revolution and the Legacy of Meles Zenawi

Friday 20th of November 2015 07:37:55 PM  |  Ethiopia Observer

A book entitled “Understanding Contemporary Ethiopia Monarchy, Revolution and the Legacy of Meles Zenawi” edited by two French scholars, Gérard Prunier and Éloi Ficquet has just been published by Hurst Publishers. The book described as a measured, detailed and systematic analysis of the main features of Ethiopian society and politics is a collection of essays from noted academics Shiferaw Bekele, Christopher Clapham, Medhane Tadesse, Sarah Vaughan, Giulia Bonacci, Dere…


Colonel Fisseha Desta to launch book

Friday 6th of November 2015 07:57:29 PM  |  Ethiopia Observer

Colonel Fisseha Desta’s long-awaited book on his time as member of the politburo of the Worker’s Party of Ethiopia, and deputy to former President Col. Mengistu Hailemariam during the provisional military council (Derg) period will be launched on November 21 at the Addis Ababa’s Hilton Hotel, organizers say. The book, “The Revolution and My Reminiscences,” would share “candid reflections about key moments of the 1974’s revolution and its aftermath and sh…


Mengistu Lemma’s autobiography reissued

Wednesday 21st of October 2015 11:54:32 AM  |  Ethiopia Observer

An autobiography of Mengistu Lemma entitled Demamu Beiregna has been reissued, twenty years after it was first published. Posthumously published by a seasoned editor Mesfin Alemayehu, the autobiography evokes Mengistu’s boyhood spent in Harar during the Italian fascist occupation and his education at the Haile-Selassie I Secondary School (HSISS) to his college education in United Kingdom in the 1950s, memories filled with wit and humour. The book has 233 pages, bibliography and appendices…


Book claims Derg regime’s security chief was a CIA spy

Friday 16th of October 2015 04:34:38 PM  |  Ethiopia Observer

A new book about the Soviet-backed provisional military council (Derg) period written by one of its principal actors published by Los Angeles-based Tsehay Publishers aims to strengthen claims the then intelligence chief collaborated with the CIA and rebel forces during the communist period as a spy. The book, “The Revolution and My Reminiscences,” by former deputy to President Lt. Col. Mengistu Hailemariam, Colonel Fisseha Desta, claims that Col. Tesfaye Wolde Sellasie, who was Minis…


The Secret to Finishing Well, a book by Agitu Wodajo

Tuesday 6th of October 2015 12:21:34 PM  |  Ethiopia Observer


“Our father, Berhanu Zerihun”

Friday 4th of September 2015 10:43:18 AM  |  Ethiopia Observer

In response to our request to share with us their recollections of their father, the renowned writer and journalist Berhanu Zerihun’s children, Tsega, Tensae, and Michael kindly sent us the following snippets, personal account of their deep love and admiration for their father. Simply stated, Berhanu Zerihun was their life-long hero. We would like to thank them all.


Book on Emperor Haile Selassie published in English

Friday 4th of September 2015 08:36:59 AM  |  Ethiopia Observer

Lij Asfa-Wossen Asserate’s long-awaited book on Emperor Haile Selassie is to be published in English this November, publishers have said. The book, which won wide acclaim with its German edition, will be entitled King of Kings: Triumph and Tragedy of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. The author, who was in Addis Ababa on December 2014 to present the German version of the book at Goethe-Institut, promised that the book would be available in English shortly. His promise transformed into re…


Berhanu Zerihun’s Historical Fiction Republished

Wednesday 12th of August 2015 05:42:48 AM  |  Ethiopia Observer