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

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

Adam Hochschild


In the Eighteen Eighties, because the eu powers have been carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the enormous and in most cases unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. undertaking a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its humans, and eventually slashed its inhabitants via ten million--all the whereas shrewdly cultivating his attractiveness as a superb humanitarian. Heroic efforts to reveal those crimes ultimately resulted in the 1st nice human rights stream of the 20 th century, within which every body from Mark Twain to the Archbishop of Canterbury participated. King Leopold's Ghost is the haunting account of a megalomaniac of colossal proportions, a guy as crafty, captivating, and harsh as any of the nice Shakespearean villains. it's also the deeply relocating portrait of these who fought Leopold: a courageous handful of missionaries, tourists, and younger idealists who went to Africa for paintings or event and without warning came upon themselves witnesses to a holocaust. Adam Hochschild brings this mostly untold tale alive with the wit and talent of a Barbara Tuchman. Like her, he is familiar with that heritage frequently presents a much richer forged of characters than any novelist might invent. leader between them is Edmund Morel, a tender British delivery agent who went directly to lead the foreign campaign opposed to Leopold. one other hero of this story, the Irish patriot Roger Casement, ended his lifestyles on a London gallows. brave black american citizens, George Washington Williams and William Sheppard, risked a lot to convey facts of the Congo atrocities to the skin global. crusing into the center of the tale used to be a tender Congo River steamboat officer named Joseph Conrad. And looming above all of them, the duplicitous billionaire King Leopold II. With nice strength and compassion, King Leopold's Ghost will model the tragedy of the Congo--too lengthy forgotten--onto the judgment of right and wrong of the West.

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