King Leopold's Ghost. A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa. Houghton Mifflin Company. For information about permission to reproduce selections from. this book, write to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003. King Leopold's ghost : a story of greed, terror, and heroism in. colonial Africa, Adam Hochschild. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index.
King Leopold's Ghost book. I am a big fan of Adam Hochschild; he makes you feel like you're reading a novel rather than a historic This book took me several months to read because it was so disturbing. After reading a chapter and having nightmares, I'd put it away for something else, and then return to it once I'd finished with the other book. The atrocities committed in the Belgian Congo were nothing short of diabolical
ADAM HOCHSCHILD is the author of seven books. King Leopold's Ghost was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was his recent To End All Wars. His Bury the Chains was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN USA Literary Award. He lives in Berkeley, California. Paperback: 366 pages. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (October 1999).
It is also the deeply moving portrait of those who fought Leopold: a brave handful of missionaries, travelers, and young idealists who went to Africa for work or adventure and unexpectedly found themselves witnesses to a holocaust. Adam Hochschild brings this largely untold story alive with the wit and skill of a Barbara Tuchman.
A sobering and affecting narrative of King Leopold’s Congo and the heroes that helped end the horror. I am a world history teacher, and before reading King Leopold’s Ghost I had an embarrassing lack of knowledge of the death and destruction that the Belgian king brought on the Congo. Similar to the personal story that Hochschild tells in his introduction, I knew virtually nothing about the Congo, but I sort of did have some latent knowledge from what I read (or was forced to read, once in high school and once in college) in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness
Brief Biography of Adam Hochschild. Adam Hochschild was born and raised in New York City, and studied history and literature at Harvard University in the early 1960s. Immediately following his graduation, he worked with civil rights activists in Mississippi, and later with anti-government journalists in South Africa. In the mid-1970s, he co-founded the influential progressive magazine Mother Jones. Antagonist: King Leopold II of Belgium, imperialism, and racism could all be considered the antagonists of the book. Point of View: third person omniscient. Awards, awards, awards. Like her, he knows that history often provides a far richer cast of characters than any novelist.
King Leopold's ghost. Publication date 1998. Topics Forced labor - Congo (Democratic Republic) - History - 19th century, Forced labor - Congo (Democratic Republic) - History - 20th century, Indigenous peoples - Congo (Democratic Republic) - History - 19th century, Indigenous peoples - Congo (Democratic Republic) - History - 20th century, Human rights movements - History - 19th century, Human rights movements - History - 20th century, Congo (Democratic Republic) - Politics and government - 1885-1908, Congo (Democratic Republic) - Politics. Books for People with Print Disabilities.