In "an enthralling story, full of fascinating characters, intense drama, high adventure, deceitful manipulation, courageous truth-telling, and ...Show synopsisIn "an enthralling story, full of fascinating characters, intense drama, high adventure, deceitful manipulation, courageous truth-telling, and splendid moral fervor" ("Christian Science Monitor"), Hochschild tells the story of King Leopold of Belgium, a megalomaniac of monstrous portions. 31 photos. Map.Hide synopsis
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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.
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.
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
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
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