King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa
Author: Adam Hochschild
9781509882205 | PB | pp. 400 | 2019 | Picador Classic
This book tells the true and haunting account of King Leopold’s brutal regime and its lasting effect.
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In the nineteenth century, when great powers in Europe were tearing Africa apart and seizing ownership for themselves, King Leopold of Belgium took hold of the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. In his barbarous colonization of this area, Leopold stole its rubber and ivory, pummelled its people and set up a ruthless regime that would reduce the population by half. While he did all this, he carefully constructed an image of himself as a deeply feeling humanitarian.
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About the Editor
The American author is a journalist, historian and lecturer. His best-known works include King Leopold’s Ghost (1998), To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914–1918 (2011), Bury the Chains (2005), The Mirror at Midnight (1990), The Unquiet Ghost (1994), and Spain in Our Hearts (2016).
The author graduated from Harvard in 1963 with a BA in History and Literature.
He is a longtime lecturer at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, Hochschild has also been a Fulbright Lecturer in India, Regents’ Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Writer-in-Residence at the Department of History, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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