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King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa
 
 
Author
Adam Hochschild.
Publisher Pan  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.1 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781447235514
Pages/Publication Date 376/2006
Daedalus Item Code 32620
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(Winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize, the Duff Cooper Prize, and the Mark Lynton History Prize) This stunning 1998 history from Adam Hochschild reminds us that one of the great genocidal outrages of modern times actually began before the turn of the 20th century. Looting the Congo of vast resources of rubber and ivory by force of arms, the Belgian king Leopold II created a slave-labor regime in Africa that cost millions of lives, and inspired an English shipping clerk named Edmund Morel to initiate the world's first international human rights campaign.

"Hochschild's outstanding study, unmatched by any other work on the Congo, reveals how all Europe—and the U.S.A.—contributed to the making of King Leopold's holocaust of the Congolese people."—Nadine Gordimer

"For 23 years the King ... brought a new dark age to the Dark Continent. In that time some ten million people—half the population—died.... The story of this appalling episode, and the remarkable campaign led by an ordinary English shipping clerk, Edmund Dene Morel, to bring it to the attention of the world, is told in this brilliant and gripping book."—London Evening Standard

"As Hochschild's brilliant book demonstrates, the great Congo scandal prefigured our own times. It was the first Orwellian big lie, which sold a gigantic mechanism of greed and terror to the world as a crusade for humanitarian values.... That is why this book must be read and reread. In its breathtaking mendacity, in its shameless industry of lies, in its elevation of sadism and greed into a civilized routine, the Congo Free State was a testing-ground for the 20th century."—LATBR

 
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