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The Soccer War by Ryszard Kapuściński

Before reading this review, you have to read this excerpt from this book to get a feel for Kapuściński.

SILENCE. People who write history devote too much attention to so-called events heard around the world, while neglecting the periods of silence. This neglect reveals the absence of that infallible intuition that every mother has when her child falls suddenly silent in its room. A mother knows that this silence signifies something bad. That the silence is hiding something. She runs to intervene because she can feel evil hanging in the air. Silence fulfills the same role in history and in politics. Silence is a signal of unhappiness and, often, of crime. It is the same sort of political instrument as the clatter of weapons or a speech at a rally. Silence is necessary to tyrants and occupiers, who take pains to have their actions accompanied by quiet. Look at how colonialism has always fostered silence; at how discreetly the Holy Inquisition functioned; at the way Leonidas Trujillo avoided publicity.

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Shah of Shahs by Ryszard Kapuściński

This is the second Kapuściński book I've read so far this year. This author has a poetic way of describing current events, and turns them into a Homer-esque epic. This book is about the last Shah of Iran that was eventually kicked out of power in 1979. I don't know much about this part of the world but Kapuściński puts things together in away that gives me the narrative of what happened.

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The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat by Ryszard Kapuściński

What a short and powerful book. It was incredible to hear the descriptions of the palace life of the Ethiopian Emperor. I had never heard this story before. Kapuściński turns these interviews into a very compelling narrative. His book is divided into three sections: The Throne, It's Coming – It's Coming, and Collapse. The Throne, details the intricate details of daily palace life. It's Coming, It's Coming is about the rebellion against the King. Finally, Collapse is about the end of the very long lasting Emperor Haile Selassie.

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