King Leopold s Ghost
Score: 4
From 69 Ratings

King Leopold s Ghost


  • Author : Adam Hochschild
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 1999-09-03
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547525730


King Leopold s Ghost Book Description :

"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 A New York Times Notable Book

King Leopold s Ghost
Score: 4
From 66 Ratings

King Leopold s Ghost


  • Author : Adam Hochschild
  • Publisher : Picador
  • Release Date : 2019-05-14
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781760785208


King Leopold s Ghost Book Description :

With an introduction by award-winning novelist Barbara Kingsolver In the late nineteenth century, when the great powers in Europe were tearing Africa apart and seizing ownership of land for themselves, King Leopold of Belgium took hold of the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. In his devastatingly 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. Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize in 1999, King Leopold’s Ghost is the true and haunting account of this man’s brutal regime and its lasting effect on a ruined nation. It is also the inspiring and deeply moving account of a handful of missionaries and other idealists who travelled to Africa and unwittingly found themselves in the middle of a gruesome holocaust. Instead of turning away, these brave few chose to stand up against Leopold. Adam Hochschild brings life to this largely untold story and, crucially, casts blame on those responsible for this atrocity.

King Leopold s Ghost

King Leopold s Ghost


  • Author : Adam Hochschild
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Antislavery movements
  • Pages : 375
  • ISBN 10 : 0330441981


King Leopold s Ghost Book Description :

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

King Leopold s Soliloquy

King Leopold s Soliloquy


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : LeftWord Books
  • Release Date : 1970
  • Genre: Belgium
  • Pages : 87
  • ISBN 10 : 9788187496557


King Leopold s Soliloquy Book Description :

Dear, dear, when the soft-hearts get hold of thing like that missionary's contribution they completely lose their tranquility they speak profanely and reproach Heaven for allowing such a find to live. Meaning me . They think it irregular. They go shuddering around, brooding over the reduction of that Congo population from 25,000,000 to 15,000,000 in the twenty years of my administration ; then they burst out and call me the King with Ten Million Murders on his Soul. They call me a 'record'.

Bury the Chains

Bury the Chains


  • Author : Adam Hochschild
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 468
  • ISBN 10 : 0618619070


Bury the Chains Book Description :

Offers an account of the first great human rights crusade, which originated in England in the 1780s and resulted in the freeing of hundreds of thousands of slaves around the world.

The Unquiet Ghost
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Unquiet Ghost


  • Author : Adam Hochschild
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2003-02-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 350
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547524979


The Unquiet Ghost Book Description :

An in-depth exploration of the legacy of Joseph Stalin on the former Soviet Union, by the author of King Leopold’s Ghost. Although some twenty million people died during Stalin’s reign of terror, only with the advent of glasnost did Russians begin to confront their memories of that time. In 1991, Adam Hochschild spent nearly six months in Russia talking to gulag survivors, retired concentration camp guards, and countless others. The result is a riveting evocation of a country still haunted by the ghost of Stalin. A New York Times Notable Book “An important contribution to our awareness of the former Soviet Union’s harrowing past and unsettling present.”—Los Angeles Times “A perceptive, intelligent book demonstrating that the significance of the gulag transcends the confines of one country and one generation.”—New York Times Book Review “This probing and sensitive book…casts striking new light upon the Russian past and present.”—Washington Post Book World “The voices [Hochschild] has recorded, the relics he has seen, are haunting—and the raw material of a terrific book.”—David Remnick, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Lenin’s Tomb “No other work has brought home the full horror of this monstrous dictator’s rule than this close-up account.”—Daniel Schorr, former senior news analyst, National Public Radio

Lord Leverhulme s Ghosts

Lord Leverhulme s Ghosts


  • Author : Jules Marchal
  • Publisher : Verso Books
  • Release Date : 2017-01-31
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781784786335


Lord Leverhulme s Ghosts Book Description :

The definitive account of exploitation in the Congo, introduced by Adam Hochschild In the early twentieth century, the worldwide rubber boom led British entrepreneur Lord Leverhulme to the Belgian Congo. Warmly welcomed by the murderous regime of King Leopold II, Leverhulme set up a private kingdom reliant on the horrific Belgian system of forced labour, a programme that reduced the population of Congo by half and accounted for more deaths than the Nazi Holocaust. In this definitive, meticulously researched history, Jules Marchal exposes the nature of forced labour under Lord Leverhulme’s rule and the appalling conditions imposed upon the people of Congo. With an extensive introduction by Adam Hochschild, Lord Leverhulme’s Ghosts is an important and urgently needed account of a laboratory of colonial exploitation.

Study Guide  King Leopold s Ghost by Adam Hochschild  SuperSummary

Study Guide King Leopold s Ghost by Adam Hochschild SuperSummary


  • Author : SuperSummary
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2019-04-09
  • Genre:
  • Pages : 60
  • ISBN 10 : 109333469X


Study Guide King Leopold s Ghost by Adam Hochschild SuperSummary Book Description :

SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature. This 60-page guide for "King Leopold's Ghost" by Adam Hochschild includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 19 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like Morality and Human rights in the context of race and imperialism.

Rebel Cinderella

Rebel Cinderella


  • Author : Adam Hochschild
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin
  • Release Date : 2020
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 303
  • ISBN 10 : 9781328866745


Rebel Cinderella Book Description :

Rose Pastor arrived in New York City in 1903, a Jewish refugee from Russia who had worked in cigar factories since the age of eleven. Two years later, she captured headlines across the globe when she married James Graham Phelps Stokes, scion of one of the legendary 400 families of New York high society. Together, this unusual couple joined the burgeoning Socialist Party and, over the next dozen years, moved among the liveliest group of activists and dreamers this country has ever seen. Their friends and houseguests included Emma Goldman, Big Bill Haywood, Eugene V. Debs, John Reed, Margaret Sanger, Jack London, and W.E.B. Du Bois. Rose stirred audiences to tears and led strikes of restaurant waiters and garment workers. She campaigned alongside the country's earliest feminists to publicly defy laws against distributing information about birth control, earning her notoriety as "one of the dangerous influences of the country" from President Woodrow Wilson. But in a way no one foresaw, her too-short life would end in the same abject poverty with which it began.

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters
Score: 4
From 6 Ratings

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters


  • Author : Jason Stearns
  • Publisher : PublicAffairs
  • Release Date : 2012-03-27
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781610391597


Dancing in the Glory of Monsters Book Description :

A "tremendous," "intrepid" history of the devastating war in the heart of Africa's Congo, with first-hand accounts of the continent's worst conflict in modern times. At the heart of Africa is the Congo, a country the size of Western Europe, bordering nine other nations, that since 1996 has been wracked by a brutal war in which millions have died. In Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, renowned political activist and researcher Jason K. Stearns has written a compelling and deeply-reported narrative of how Congo became a failed state that collapsed into a war of retaliatory massacres. Stearns brilliantly describes the key perpetrators, many of whom he met personally, and highlights the nature of the political system that brought these people to power, as well as the moral decisions with which the war confronted them. Now updated with a new introduction, Dancing in the Glory of Monsters tells the full story of Africa's Great War.