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

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HarperCollins, 3 sep 1999 - 416 pagina's
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†"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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Before reading this book, my knowledge of African history was scanty. I have read a few books on North Africa, but none on the history of the sub-Saharan continent. Adam Hochschild’s book, King ... Volledige review lezen

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An outstanding book that clinically and calmly exposes the outrage of the Belgian King's appalling crimes in colonial Africa. Along with Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Alice Seeley Harris's photos of ... Volledige review lezen

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Introduction
1
The Traders Are KidnappingOur People
6
Walking into Fire
19
A King at Bay
183
Back Matter
309
Back Flap
377
Back Cover
378
Spine
379
Copyright

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Over de auteur (1999)

ADAM HOCHSCHILD is the author of ten books. King Leopold’s Ghost was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was To End All Wars. His Bury the Chains was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN USA Literary Award. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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