In April 1976, Dan Connell slipped into Eritrea’s besieged capital, Asmara, where he witnessed the assassination of a top-ranking Ethiopian official and its bloody aftermath—the summary execution of dozens of innocent civilians. His front-page account in The Washington Post broke Ethiopia’s long-standing information blockade.
Connell went on to write about the radical social transformation underway in guerrilla-held areas, the near defeat of Ethiopia’s American-backed army, the intervention of the Soviet Union, the liberation movement’s 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.
Hardcover: 550 pages
Publisher: Red Sea Pr (April 30, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds