King Leopold s Ghost

This book must be read and reread.” — Los Angeles Times Book Review In the late nineteenth century, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium carried out a brutal plundering of the territory surrounding ...

King Leopold s Ghost

King Leopold s Ghost

"An enthralling story . . . A work of history that reads like a novel." — Christian Science Monitor “As Hochschild’s brilliant book demonstrates, the great Congo scandal prefigured our own times . . . This book must be read and reread.” — Los Angeles Times Book Review In the late nineteenth century, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium carried out a brutal plundering of the territory surrounding the Congo River. Ultimately slashing the area’s population by ten million, he still managed to shrewdly cultivate his reputation as a great humanitarian. A tale far richer than any novelist could invent, King Leopold’s Ghost is the horrifying account of a megalomaniac of monstrous proportions. It is also the deeply moving portrait of those who defied Leopold: African rebel leaders who fought against hopeless odds and a brave handful of missionaries, travelers, and young idealists who went to Africa for work or adventure but unexpectedly found themselves witnesses to a holocaust and participants in the twentieth century’s first great human rights movement. A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist A New York Times Notable Book

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King Leopold's Ghost
Language: en
Pages: 400
Authors: Adam Hochschild
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1999-09-03 - Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

"An enthralling story . . . A work of history that reads like a novel." — Christian Science Monitor “As Hochschild’s brilliant book demonstrates, the great Congo scandal prefigured our own times . . . This book must be read and reread.” — Los Angeles Times Book Review In the
SUMMARY and ANALYSIS: KING LEOPOLD's GHOST by Adam Hochschild's
Language: en
Pages: 35
Authors: Gulf publishers
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-07-06 - Publisher:

Leopold II, King of the Belgians, privately controlled and owned the Congo Free State from 1885 to 1908. In 1908, the area was annexed by Belgium as a colony known as the Belgian Congo. Leopold used his personal control to strip the county of vast amounts of wealth, largely in
Half the Way Home
Language: en
Pages: 235
Authors: Adam Hochschild
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005 - Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The author, an activist in the anti-war movement and co-founder of "Mother Jones," America's largest progressive magazine, recounts his relationship with his father, chief of a multinational corporation that owned mines all over South Africa. Reprint.
Greatest Emancipations
Language: en
Pages: 284
Authors: Jim Powell
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-06-24 - Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Focusing on Haiti, the British Caribbean, the United States, Cuba, and Brazil, a historian looks at how slavery was abolished as an institution over the course of a single century after thousands of years of practice, examining the emancipation process in each region, as well as the implications of the
Bury the Chains
Language: en
Pages: 468
Authors: Adam Hochschild
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006 - Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Offers an account of the first great human rights crusade, which originated in England in the 1780s and resulted in the freeing of hundreds of thousands of slaves around the world.

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