King Leopold's ghost : a story of greed, terror, and heroism in Colonial Africa (eBook, 1999) [WorldCat.org]
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King Leopold's ghost : a story of greed, terror, and heroism in Colonial Africa

Author: Adam Hochschild
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999. ©1998
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First Mariner books editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hochschild, Adam.
King Leopold's ghost.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999
(DLC) 2004271848
(OCoLC)42769595
Named Person: Léopold, King of the Belgians; Léopold, King of the Belgians
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Hochschild
ISBN: 9780547525730 0547525737
OCLC Number: 759834634
Notes: "A Mariner book."
Awards: Winner of Duff Cooper Memorial Prize 2000
Winner of Lionel Gelber Prize 1999
Description: 1 online resource (376 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents: "The traders area kidnapping our people" --
Walking into fire. "I shall not give up the chase" ; The fox crosses the dream ; The magnificent cake ; "The treaties must grant us everything" ; From Florida to Berlin ; Under the Yacht Club flag ; The first heretic ; Where there aren't no Ten Commandments ; Meeting Mr. Kurtz ; The wood that weeps ; A secret society of murderers --
A King at bay. David and Goliath ; Breaking into the thieves' kitchen ; To flood his deeds with day ; A reckoning ; "Journalists won't give you recipes" ; No man is a stranger ; Victory? ; The Great Forgetting --
Looking back : a personal afterword.
Other Titles: Story of greed, terror, and heroism in Colonial Africa
Responsibility: Adam Hochschild.
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"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 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 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 story alive. 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"--Publisher's description

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