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

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Pan Macmillan, May 13, 2011 - History - 356 pages

WINNER OF THE 1999 DUFF COOPER PRIZE.

'Brilliant .. this book must be read and re-read' Neal Ascherson'.

'A hundred years ago, enlightened people in the western world were outraged by a holocaust in Africa which left millions dead. Denunciations thundered from speaker's platforms around the US and Europe. One open letter to The Times was signed by 11 peers, 19 bishops and 75 MPs. Viscount Grey, Britain's foreign secretary, declared that no overseas issue had so intensely aroused the British public for 30 years. Conan Doyle wrote a pamphlet on the Congo atrocities which sold 25,000 copies in the first week alone. Yet today not one person in a thousand could say what the fuss was all about, unless, of course, they have read this amazing book.' Tariq Ali, Financial Times

'Fascinating ... brilliant and gripping' Mail on Sunday

'An exemplary piece of history writing: urgent, vivid and compelling' Literary Review

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User Review  - colligan - LibraryThing

Well, that was a depressing but very worthwhile read. As with many (even educated) Caucasians, I knew little specific about the horror that was the colonization of Africa. It's something that should ... Read full review

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User Review  - EricCostello - LibraryThing

Sharp and pungent account of the colonization and exploitation of the Belgian Congo by King Leopold II, who to say the least comes across as a conniving hypocrite in this account. Little wonder it isn ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Adam Hochschild teaches writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in San Francisco with his wife. His most recent book, Bury the Chains, was published to great acclaim by Macmillan in 2005 and will be available in Pan paperback in early 2006.

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