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King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism | Paperback

Released on 20 January 2006

Author: Adam Hochschild | Format: Paperback

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This book is the winner of the 1999 duff cooper prize. 'Brilliant .. this book must be read and re-read' - Neal Ascherson. 'A hundred years ago, enlightened people in the western world were outraged by a holocaust in Africa which left millions dead. Denunciations thundered from speaker's platforms around the US and Europe. One open letter to "The Times" was signed by 11 peers, 19 bishops and 75 MPs. Viscount Grey, Britain's foreign secretary, declared that no overseas issue had so intensely aroused the British public for 30 years. Conan Doyle wrote a pamphlet on the Congo atrocities which sold 25,000 copies in the first week alone. Yet today not one person in a thousand could say what the fuss was all about, unless, of course, they have read this amazing book.' - Tariq Ali, "Financial Times". 'Fascinating ...brilliant and gripping' - "Mail on Sunday". 'An exemplary piece of history writing: urgent, vivid and compelling' - "Literary Review".

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 A fantastic history of the Heart of Darkness

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This book explains why Joseph Conrad wrote the Heart of Darkness during his brief forray into the Congo Free State.

It describes in immaculate, but readable, detail the establishment of the Congo Free State by King Leopold of Belgium and how he then managed to make a large fortune through torture, rape, mutilation and murder without ever stepping foot on African soil.

One wonders on reading the book what would have happened if it were not for a few noble humanitarians who exposed the Congo Free State for what it really was.

A fantastic read. Both to see what pure evil is really like and as a guide to why DR Congo is one of the least developed nations in the world today.

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AuthorAdam Hochschild
PublisherPan Macmillan (United Kingdom)
Year2006
ISBN9780330441988
FormatPaperback - 356 Pages
IllustrationsIllustrations, map,