Book Club Selection for June

"The Emperor: Downfall of An Autocrat" by Riszard Kapuscinski

 Cover photograph of Haile Selassie for KapuscinskiHaile Selassie, called the King of Kings, Elect of God, Lion of Judah, His Most Puissant Majesty and Distinguished Highness the Emperor of Ethiopia, reigned from 1930 until 1974. In 1975, while the country was still wracked by unrest, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Poland’s foremost foreign correspondent, traveled throughout Ethiopia to interview members of the Emperor’s court and ministries. The result is a fascinating book filled with first-hand accounts and insights into a leader’s cult of personality, and his obsession with maintaining power while becoming ever more out of touch with his people, culminating in one of the most unusual revolutions in world history.

The Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm at La Casa, located right next door to the interim library. For more information, please contact Ana Elisa de Campos Salles at, or call (202) 671-3121.