❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ King Leopold's Ghost Author Adam Hochschild – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 p In the s 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
King Leopold's eBook ☆ 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 haunting 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 deeply moving 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 largely untold story alive with the wit and skill of a Barbara Tuchman Like her 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 With great power and compassion King Leopold's Ghost will brand the tragedy of the Congo—too long forgotten—onto the conscience of the West.
Hochschild was born in New York City As a college student he spent a summer working on an anti government newspaper in South Africa and subseuently worked briefly as a civil rights worker in Mississippi in Both were politically pivotal experiences about which he would later write in his book Finding the Trapdoor He later was part of the movement against the Vietnam War and
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- King Leopold's Ghost
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- 12 December 2016 Adam Hochschild