King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

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Pan, Jan 1, 2006 - Antislavery movements - 375 pages
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'Brilliant .. this book must be read and re-read' Neal Ascherson'.

'A hundred years ago, enlightened people in the western world were outraged by a holocaust in Africa which left millions dead. Denunciations thundered from speaker's platforms around the US and Europe. One open letter to The Times was signed by 11 peers, 19 bishops and 75 MPs. Viscount Grey, Britain's foreign secretary, declared that no overseas issue had so intensely aroused the British public for 30 years. Conan Doyle wrote a pamphlet on the Congo atrocities which sold 25,000 copies in the first week alone. Yet today not one person in a thousand could say what the fuss was all about, unless, of course, they have read this amazing book.' Tariq Ali, Financial Times

'Fascinating ... brilliant and gripping' Mail on Sunday

'An exemplary piece of history writing: urgent, vivid and compelling' Literary Review

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Very well written and researched. - Goodreads
Good story, poor writing. - Goodreads
Extremely educational, tragic, but still uplifting. - Goodreads
As far as history writing goes, it is a bit subjective. - Goodreads
A truly moving volume written in easy prose to digest. - Goodreads
Very hard to read, but well worth it. - Goodreads

Review: King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa

User Review  - Beth - Goodreads

This book provides an excellent insight into the plight of the Congo from its earliest beginnings. It is difficult to read and realize how white people have exploited not only the Congo region but the entire African continent. Though the author does show that native rulers were none better. Read full review

Review: King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa

User Review  - Marj - Goodreads

Important look at colonial greed in the Congo, the beginnings of WW1 and the roots of modern human rights organizations. Hochschild draws nuanced portraits of historical figures involved and includes ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Adam Hochschild teaches writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in San Francisco with his wife. His most recent book, Bury the Chains, was published to great acclaim by Macmillan in 2005 and will be available in Pan paperback in early 2006.

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