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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

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African HistoryGeneral European HistoryGeneral Political Science

Publisher Price: $17.99

ISBN10: 0358212502
ISBN13: 9780358212508
Publisher: Mariner Books
Published: Mar 3 2020
Pages: 416
Weight: 0.70
Height: 1.20 Width: 5.20 Depth: 7.90
Language: English
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

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