In April 1976, Dan Connell slipped into Eritreaís besieged capital, Asmara, where he witnessed the assassination of a top-ranking Ethiopian official and its bloody aftermathóthe summary execution of dozens of innocent civilians. His front-page account in The Washington Post broke Ethiopiaís long-standing information blockade.
Connell went on to write about the radical social transformation underway in guerrilla-held areas, the near defeat of Ethiopiaís American-backed army, the intervention of the Soviet Union, the liberation movementís strategic retreat, the onset of famine, the final Eritrean victory, the effort to reconstruct and develop the war-ravaged new state, the renewal of fighting with Ethiopia, and the economic and political setbacks that followed.
Often his was the only voice outsiders heard or read on events in Eritrea.
This two-volume collection of Connellís writings, spanning a quarter-century, recounts the experience of Eritreaís protracted independence war and its postliberation transition with vivid eyewitness imagery and insightful analysis. New introductions to each thematic section set the contextópersonal and politicalófor the reportage. The anthology provides a unique record of the birth of this culturally diverse new nation, the evolution of the political movement that led it, and the challenges faced by the reporter who covered it.
Paperback: 598 pages
Publisher: Red Sea Pr (November 2003)
Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6 x 9.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds