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King Leopold's Ghost

Hochschild, Adam


OBZ: African History (African History)

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At the turn 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 fought against hopeless odds and a brave handful of missionaries, travellers, 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. 

Softcover. English. Mariner Books. 1999. ISBN: 9780618001903. 400 pp. Fair/good. Book No: 2003039


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King Leopold's Ghost

King Leopold's Ghost

OBZ: African History (African History)

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