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King Leopold's Ghost

King Leopold's Ghost

  • Title: King Leopold's Ghost
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  • ISBN : 9780618001903
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 376 pages


In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million all the while shrewdly cultivating his reputation In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million all the while shrewdly cultivating his reputation as a great humanitarian Heroic efforts to expose these crimes eventually led to the first great human rights movement of the twentieth century, in which everyone from Mark Twain to the Archbishop of Canterbury participated King Leopold s Ghost is the haunting account of a megalomaniac of monstrous proportions, a man as cunning, charming, and cruel as any of the great Shakespearean villains It is also the deeply moving portrait of those who fought Leopold a brave handful of missionaries, travelers, and young idealists who went to Africa for work or adventure and unexpectedly found themselves witnesses to a holocaust Adam Hochschild brings this largely untold story alive with the wit and skill of a Barbara Tuchman Like her, he knows that history often provides a far richer cast of characters than any novelist could invent Chief among them is Edmund Morel, a young British shipping agent who went on to lead the international crusade against Leopold Another hero of this tale, the Irish patriot Roger Casement, ended his life on a London gallows Two courageous black Americans, George Washington Williams and William Sheppard, risked much to bring evidence of the Congo atrocities to the outside world Sailing into the middle of the story was a young Congo River steamboat officer named Joseph Conrad And looming above them all, the duplicitous billionaire King Leopold II With great power and compassion, King Leopold s Ghost will brand the tragedy of the Congo too long forgotten onto the conscience of the West


Author Adam Hochschild

Hochschild was born in New York City As a college student, he spent a summer working on an anti government newspaper in South Africa and subsequently worked briefly as a civil rights worker in Mississippi in 1964 Both were politically pivotal experiences about which he would later write in his book Finding the Trapdoor He later was part of the movement against the Vietnam War, and, after severa




King Leopold's Ghost Reviews (31)

  • A few things First, I have read widely about Mao s Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward 40 to 70 million dead , Stalin s purges and programs of collectivization 100 million dead and Hitler s genocide 11 million dead I am largely unshockable However, the avarice and deceit of King Leopold II of [..]

  • The Congo in Leopold s mind was not the one of starving porters, raped hostages, emaciated rubber slaves, and severed hands It was the empire of his dreams, with gigantic trees, exotic animals, and inhabitants grateful for his wise rule Instead of going there, Leopold brought the Congo that Congo, t [..]

  • The book was written 20 years ago, and yet, it is so eye opening The theme has not been covered enough My idea of atrocities committed in the Congo in the second half of the 19th century were than basic and narrowed to Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness, which I read and now should re read but didn [..]

  • This is a remarkably painful book There are a number of estimates given throughout of the extent of the extermination of people in the Congo under King Leopold the author says perhaps 8 10 million people, but he also quotes someone who believes it might have been as many as 13 million people This do [..]

  • This work of popular history does a great job of bringing to life the story of King Leopold of Belgium s orchestration of a private empire in the Congo near the end of the 19th century His greed driven campaign presaged the 20th century shenanigans with its use of political intrigue, bribery, media [..]

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