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King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

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jwhitt

ego on the loose

by jwhitt on Jun 20, 2013

How can a world treat human beings the way those who took over the Congo under the direction of King Leopold? Yet history seems to have recorded the same things for ages. Pride, power. ego seem to get in the way of knowing the difference between right and wrong. This book is worth reading because it shows that the present society and culture in which we place our pride is equally able to be evil without direct involvement. Treat someone else as worthless and we have joined the ranks of those whom we consider tyrants of history.

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Andrew
by Andrew on Mar 8, 2012

This book is assigned as the "midterm" assignment for a college class that I'm taking. It certainly appears interesting from my perspective, especially given the publisher's study questions that we must get our prompt from.

Marlborough

King Leopold's Ghost

by Marlborough on Oct 15, 2009

I received this book quickly and in fine shape. I teach a course in world geography, and his will help in my coverage of Africa.

Kenna

Interesting.

by Kenna on Feb 7, 2008

I can't believe all of this happened, and I've never even heard anything about it.

Pasamonte

Enjoy and learn!

by Pasamonte on Apr 1, 2007

King Leopold's Ghost is a book that will fascinate both the specialist and the profane reader. It is not a scholarly book, and in this case this is a virtue because we are not facing more than 300 pages with quotes and footnotes; on the contrary, this is very smooth reading, with notes and bibliography located at the end. This characteristic matches well Hochschild?s charm as a storyteller (he is more a journalist that a historian), and the reader will be thankful to the succession of incredible facts and interesting characters that this book offers. While everybody could be guaranteed to have a great reading, I believe historians and culturalists will benefit the most because the subject of this book is a specific colonial enterprise and Hochschild makes a very interesting contribution presenting the facts in a broad historical context and pointing to the connections among different colonial experiences. This book is not to enjoy, but to learn. I admire books like this one; books that offer lessons from the past to better understand today?s world.

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