King Leopold s Ghost Book
Score: 4
From 69 Ratings

King Leopold s Ghost


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

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King Leopold s Ghost Excerpt :

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 Book
Score: 4
From 69 Ratings

King Leopold s Ghost


  • Author : Adam Hochschild
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2019-05-02
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781529014617

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King Leopold s Ghost Excerpt :

Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize, King Leopold’s Ghost is the true and haunting account of Leopold's brutal regime and its lasting effect on a ruined nation. 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. King Leopold's Ghost is 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. 'All the tension and drama that one would expect in a good novel' - Robert Harris, author of Fatherland

King Leopold s Ghost Book
Score: 4
From 72 Ratings

King Leopold s Ghost


  • Author : Adam Hochschild
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 1999-09-03
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547525730

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King Leopold s Ghost Excerpt :

"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 Soliloquy Book

King Leopold s Soliloquy


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

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King Leopold s Soliloquy Excerpt :

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 Book

Bury the Chains


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

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Bury the Chains Excerpt :

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.

Lord Leverhulme s Ghosts Book

Lord Leverhulme s Ghosts


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

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Lord Leverhulme s Ghosts Excerpt :

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.

Everfair Book
Score: 3.5
From 10 Ratings

Everfair


  • Author : Nisi Shawl
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2016-09-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466837843

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Everfair Excerpt :

From noted short story writer Nisi Shawl comes a brilliant alternate-history novel set in the Belgian Congo. What if the African natives developed steam power ahead of their colonial oppressors? What might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier? Fabian Socialists from Great Britain join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo's "owner," King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated. Shawl's speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. Everfair is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced. Everfair is not only a beautiful book but an educational and inspiring one that will give the reader new insight into an often ignored period of history. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Half the Way Home Book

Half the Way Home


  • Author : Adam Hochschild
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2005
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 235
  • ISBN 10 : 061843920X

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Half the Way Home Excerpt :

The author, an activist in the anti-war movement and co-founder of "Mother Jones," America's largest progressive magazine, recounts his relationship with his father, chief of a multinational corporation that owned mines all over South Africa. Reprint.

King Leopold s Rule in Africa Book

King Leopold s Rule in Africa


  • Author : Edmund Dene Morel
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1905
  • Genre: Belgium
  • Pages : 466
  • ISBN 10 : HARVARD:32044018828749

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Dancing in the Glory of Monsters Book
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

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Dancing in the Glory of Monsters Excerpt :

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.

The Unquiet Ghost Book
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

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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

The Congo and Other Poems Book
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

The Congo and Other Poems


  • Author : Vachel Lindsay
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1914
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 159
  • ISBN 10 : NYPL:33433066651138

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Belgium and the Congo  1885 1980 Book

Belgium and the Congo 1885 1980


  • Author : Guy Vanthemsche
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-04-30
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 289
  • ISBN 10 : 9780521194211

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Belgium and the Congo 1885 1980 Excerpt :

This book explains how and why Belgium, a small but influential European country, was changed through its colonial activities in the Congo, from the first expeditions in 1880 to the Mobutu regime in the 1980s. Belgian politics, diplomacy, economic activity and culture were influenced by the imperial experience. Belgium and the Congo, 1885-1980 yields a better understanding of the Congo's past and present.

King Leopold s Congo and the  Scramble for Africa  Book

King Leopold s Congo and the Scramble for Africa


  • Author : Michael A. Rutz
  • Publisher : Hackett Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-03-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 136
  • ISBN 10 : 9781624666582

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King Leopold s Congo and the Scramble for Africa Excerpt :

"King Leopold of Belgium's exploits up the Congo River in the 1880s were central to the European partitioning of the African continent. The Congo Free State, Leopold's private colony, was a unique political construct that opened the door to the savage exploitation of the Congo's natural and human resources by international corporations. The resulting 'red rubber' scandal—which laid bare a fundamental contradiction between the European propagation of free labor and 'civilization' and colonial governments' acceptance of violence and coercion for productivity's sake—haunted all imperial powers in Africa. Featuring a clever introduction and judicious collection of documents, Michael Rutz's book neatly captures the drama of one king's quest to build an empire in Central Africa—a quest that began in the name of anti-slavery and free trade and ended in the brutal exploitation of human lives. This volume is an excellent starting point for anyone interested in the history of colonial rule in Africa." —Jelmer Vos, University of Glasgow

Rebel Cinderella Book

Rebel Cinderella


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

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Rebel Cinderella Excerpt :

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.