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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WINNER OF THE 1999 DUFF COOPER PRIZE.

'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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Good story, poor writing. - Goodreads
Well written and researched. - Goodreads
It's a very sad account with not a very happy ending. - Goodreads
Overall, an easy, engaging, and educational read. - Goodreads
In most reviews, I don't talk about the plot or story. - Goodreads
Very well written and researched. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - David - Goodreads

Excellent, well-researched book about the horrors of Congo under the reign of Leopold II of Belgium. I had always admired Belgium as a scrappy little country, but this book showed the country definitely had its dark side. Amazing how all that wealth was squandered by Leopold too. Read full review

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

User Review  - Clair - Goodreads

The best book by far on Belgian Colonialism in the Congo. Hochschild has a way of combining novel like story telling with cold hard historical facts and statistics, making history more relatable for the average reader. 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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