"Snyder's journey and the beautiful photographs capture an Ethiopia that is largely unchanged from the 1860's. He also illuminates one of the most fascinating and little known conflicts in history: when Emperor Tewodros, feeling slighted by Queen Victoria, took British hostages. He provoked the arrival of a British Army force of 60,000 troops in the port of Massawa. Snyder's journey retraces Emperor Tewodros's retreat to the fortress of Magdala and the fateful battle at journey's end. A great story."—Abraham Verghese, author of Cutting For Stone
"We know John Snyder the inspired autobiographer. And ingenious sculptor. Here's a third John Snyder as magnificent photographer and chronicler of an unknown land and its legendary
Emperor - Ethiopia's Tewodros II." —Colin Eisler, Robert Lehman Professor of Fine Arts
NYU Institute of Fine Arts
" Snyder has offered precious pictorial insights into an episode which will soon be a century and half old. Students of Ethiopian history are greatly indebted to him for this remarkable book." —Tekalign Gedamu author of Republicans on the Throne: A Personal Account of Ethiopia's Modernization and Painful Quest for Democracy
"Traversing the oldest location of human life, whence homo sapiens embarked for wider horizons, John Snyder in Crossing Ethiopia pursues with relentless energy, insatiable curiosity, and pellucid expressiveness his own and a fated imperial ANABASIS of longing, destiny, and ultimately, self."—David M. Darst, CFA, Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and author of 10 books on investing, plus his latest work, Voyager 3, containing his creative writing.
"Haunting." —Roy Blount Jr. humorist and author of 26 books including Alphabetter Juice, Be Sweet, Crackers, and a biography, Robert E. Lee.
"John Snyder here tells two completely gripping tales: one about Ethiopia's brilliant (and mad) 19th century Emperor Tewodros II, who radically reformed his country and then took on the British army - the other about Snyder's own (and slightly mad) intrepid expedition a little over 100 years later, tracking Tewodros's fatal journey. Maps, engravings, and Snyder's stunning photographs of Ethiopia's people and 1972 landscapes bring these stories to vibrant life." —Jean Strouse, author of Alice James, a Biography, and Morgan, American Financier