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King Leopold's ghost : a story of greed, terror, and heroism in Colonial Africa /

by Hochschild, Adam.
Type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [200?], c1998Edition: 1st Mariner books ed.Description: 376 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780618001903.Subject(s): 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) -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century | Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th centurySummary: "At the return of the 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 faught 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". Back cover
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 348-360) and index

"At the return of the 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 faught 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". Back cover

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