King Leopold s Ghost

King Leopold s Ghost
Author: Adam Hochschild
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 400
Release: 1999-09-03
ISBN 10: 0547525737
ISBN 13: 9780547525730
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

King Leopold s Ghost Book Review:

"An enthralling story . . . A work of history that reads like a novel." — Christian Science Monitor “As Hochschild’s brilliant book demonstrates, the great Congo scandal prefigured our own times . . . This book must be read and reread.” — Los Angeles Times Book Review In the late nineteenth 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, 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. A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist A New York Times Notable Book

King Leopold s Ghost

King Leopold s Ghost
Author: Adam Hochschild
Publsiher: Picador
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2019-05-14
ISBN 10: 1760785202
ISBN 13: 9781760785208
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

King Leopold s Ghost Book Review:

With an introduction by award-winning novelist Barbara Kingsolver In the late nineteenth century, when the great powers in Europe were tearing Africa apart and seizing ownership of land for themselves, King Leopold of Belgium took hold of the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. In his devastatingly barbarous colonization of this area, Leopold stole its rubber and ivory, pummelled its people and set up a ruthless regime that would reduce the population by half. . While he did all this, he carefully constructed an image of himself as a deeply feeling humanitarian. Winner of the Duff Cooper Prize in 1999, King Leopold’s Ghost is the true and haunting account of this man’s brutal regime and its lasting effect on a ruined nation. It is also the inspiring and deeply moving account of a handful of missionaries and other idealists who travelled to Africa and unwittingly found themselves in the middle of a gruesome holocaust. Instead of turning away, these brave few chose to stand up against Leopold. Adam Hochschild brings life to this largely untold story and, crucially, casts blame on those responsible for this atrocity.

King Leopold s Soliloquy

King Leopold s Soliloquy
Author: Mark Twain
Publsiher: LeftWord Books
Total Pages: 87
Release: 1970
ISBN 10: 818749655X
ISBN 13: 9788187496557
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

King Leopold s Soliloquy Book Review:

Dear, dear, when the soft-hearts get hold of thing like that missionary's contribution they completely lose their tranquility they speak profanely and reproach Heaven for allowing such a find to live. Meaning me . They think it irregular. They go shuddering around, brooding over the reduction of that Congo population from 25,000,000 to 15,000,000 in the twenty years of my administration ; then they burst out and call me the King with Ten Million Murders on his Soul. They call me a 'record'.

Spain in Our Hearts

Spain in Our Hearts
Author: Adam Hochschild
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2016-03-29
ISBN 10: 0547974531
ISBN 13: 9780547974538
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spain in Our Hearts Book Review:

From the acclaimed, best-selling author Adam Hochschild, a sweeping history of the Spanish Civil War, told through a dozen characters, including Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell: a tale of idealism, heartbreaking suffering, and a noble cause that failed For three crucial years in the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War dominated headlines in America and around the world, as volunteers flooded to Spain to help its democratic government fight off a fascist uprising led by Francisco Franco and aided by Hitler and Mussolini. Today we're accustomed to remembering the war through Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls and Robert Capa’s photographs. But Adam Hochschild has discovered some less familiar yet far more compelling characters who reveal the full tragedy and importance of the war: a fiery nineteen-year-old Kentucky woman who went to wartime Spain on her honeymoon, a Swarthmore College senior who was the first American casualty in the battle for Madrid, a pair of fiercely partisan, rivalrous New York Times reporters who covered the war from opposites sides, and a swashbuckling Texas oilman with Nazi sympathies who sold Franco almost all his oil — at reduced prices, and on credit. It was in many ways the opening battle of World War II, and we still have much to learn from it. Spain in Our Hearts is Adam Hochschild at his very best.

Bury the Chains

Bury the Chains
Author: Adam Hochschild
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 468
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 9780618619078
ISBN 13: 0618619070
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bury the Chains Book Review:

Offers an account of the first great human rights crusade, which originated in England in the 1780s and resulted in the freeing of hundreds of thousands of slaves around the world.

The Mirror at Midnight

The Mirror at Midnight
Author: Adam Hochschild
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 308
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 9780618758258
ISBN 13: 0618758259
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mirror at Midnight Book Review:

History lies heavily on South Africa, and Adam Hochschild brings to bear a lifetime's familiarity with the country in an eye-opening work that blends history and reportage. Hochschild looks at the tensions of modern South Africa through a dramatic prism: the pivotal nineteenth-century Battle of Blood River -- which determined whether the Boers or the Zulus would control that part of the world -- and its contentious commemoration by rival groups 150 years later. This incisive book offers an unusual window onto a society that remains divided. In his epilogue, Hochschild extends his view to the astonishing political changes that have occurred in the country in recent years -- and the changes yet to be made.

King Leopold s Congo and the Scramble for Africa

King Leopold s Congo and the  Scramble for Africa
Author: Michael A. Rutz
Publsiher: Hackett Publishing
Total Pages: 136
Release: 2018-03-01
ISBN 10: 1624666582
ISBN 13: 9781624666582
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

King Leopold s Congo and the Scramble for Africa Book Review:

"King Leopold of Belgium's exploits up the Congo River in the 1880s were central to the European partitioning of the African continent. The Congo Free State, Leopold's private colony, was a unique political construct that opened the door to the savage exploitation of the Congo's natural and human resources by international corporations. The resulting 'red rubber' scandal—which laid bare a fundamental contradiction between the European propagation of free labor and 'civilization' and colonial governments' acceptance of violence and coercion for productivity's sake—haunted all imperial powers in Africa. Featuring a clever introduction and judicious collection of documents, Michael Rutz's book neatly captures the drama of one king's quest to build an empire in Central Africa—a quest that began in the name of anti-slavery and free trade and ended in the brutal exploitation of human lives. This volume is an excellent starting point for anyone interested in the history of colonial rule in Africa." —Jelmer Vos, University of Glasgow

To End All Wars

To End All Wars
Author: Adam Hochschild
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2011-05-03
ISBN 10: 9780547549217
ISBN 13: 0547549210
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

To End All Wars Book Review:

World War I stands as one of history’s most senseless spasms of carnage, defying rational explanation. In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings it to life as never before. He focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war’s critics, alongside its generals and heroes. Thrown in jail for their opposition to the war were Britain’s leading investigative journalist, a future winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and an editor who, behind bars, published a newspaper for his fellow inmates on toilet paper. These critics were sometimes intimately connected to their enemy hawks: one of Britain’s most prominent women pacifist campaigners had a brother who was commander in chief on the Western Front. Two well-known sisters split so bitterly over the war that they ended up publishing newspapers that attacked each other. Today, hundreds of military cemeteries spread across the fields of northern France and Belgium contain the bodies of millions of men who died in the “war to end all wars.” Can we ever avoid repeating history?

Everfair

Everfair
Author: Nisi Shawl
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2016-09-06
ISBN 10: 1466837845
ISBN 13: 9781466837843
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Everfair Book Review:

From noted short story writer Nisi Shawl comes a brilliant alternate-history novel set in the Belgian Congo. What if the African natives developed steam power ahead of their colonial oppressors? What might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier? Fabian Socialists from Great Britain join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo's "owner," King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated. Shawl's speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. Everfair is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced. Everfair is not only a beautiful book but an educational and inspiring one that will give the reader new insight into an often ignored period of history. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Lord Leverhulme s Ghosts

Lord Leverhulme s Ghosts
Author: Jules Marchal
Publsiher: Verso Books
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2017-01-31
ISBN 10: 1784786330
ISBN 13: 9781784786335
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lord Leverhulme s Ghosts Book Review:

The definitive account of exploitation in the Congo, introduced by Adam Hochschild In the early twentieth century, the worldwide rubber boom led British entrepreneur Lord Leverhulme to the Belgian Congo. Warmly welcomed by the murderous regime of King Leopold II, Leverhulme set up a private kingdom reliant on the horrific Belgian system of forced labour, a programme that reduced the population of Congo by half and accounted for more deaths than the Nazi Holocaust. In this definitive, meticulously researched history, Jules Marchal exposes the nature of forced labour under Lord Leverhulme’s rule and the appalling conditions imposed upon the people of Congo. With an extensive introduction by Adam Hochschild, Lord Leverhulme’s Ghosts is an important and urgently needed account of a laboratory of colonial exploitation.

Rebel Cinderella

Rebel Cinderella
Author: Adam Hochschild
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin
Total Pages: 303
Release: 2020
ISBN 10: 1328866742
ISBN 13: 9781328866745
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rebel Cinderella Book Review:

Rose Pastor arrived in New York City in 1903, a Jewish refugee from Russia who had worked in cigar factories since the age of eleven. Two years later, she captured headlines across the globe when she married James Graham Phelps Stokes, scion of one of the legendary 400 families of New York high society. Together, this unusual couple joined the burgeoning Socialist Party and, over the next dozen years, moved among the liveliest group of activists and dreamers this country has ever seen. Their friends and houseguests included Emma Goldman, Big Bill Haywood, Eugene V. Debs, John Reed, Margaret Sanger, Jack London, and W.E.B. Du Bois. Rose stirred audiences to tears and led strikes of restaurant waiters and garment workers. She campaigned alongside the country's earliest feminists to publicly defy laws against distributing information about birth control, earning her notoriety as "one of the dangerous influences of the country" from President Woodrow Wilson. But in a way no one foresaw, her too-short life would end in the same abject poverty with which it began.

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters
Author: Jason Stearns
Publsiher: PublicAffairs
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2012-03-27
ISBN 10: 1610391594
ISBN 13: 9781610391597
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters Book Review:

A "tremendous," "intrepid" history of the devastating war in the heart of Africa's Congo, with first-hand accounts of the continent's worst conflict in modern times. At the heart of Africa is the Congo, a country the size of Western Europe, bordering nine other nations, that since 1996 has been wracked by a brutal war in which millions have died. In Dancing in the Glory of Monsters, renowned political activist and researcher Jason K. Stearns has written a compelling and deeply-reported narrative of how Congo became a failed state that collapsed into a war of retaliatory massacres. Stearns brilliantly describes the key perpetrators, many of whom he met personally, and highlights the nature of the political system that brought these people to power, as well as the moral decisions with which the war confronted them. Now updated with a new introduction, Dancing in the Glory of Monsters tells the full story of Africa's Great War.

Selling the Congo

Selling the Congo
Author: Matthew G. Stanard
Publsiher: U of Nebraska Press
Total Pages: 408
Release: 2012-01-01
ISBN 10: 0803239882
ISBN 13: 9780803239883
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Selling the Congo Book Review:

Belgium was a small, neutral country without a colonial tradition when King Leopold II ceded the Congo, his personal property, to the state in 1908. For the next half century Belgium not only ruled an African empire but also, through widespread, enduring, and eagerly embraced propaganda, produced an imperialist-minded citizenry. Selling the Congo is a study of European pro-empire propaganda in Belgium, with particular emphasis on the period 1908–60. Matthew G. Stanard questions the nature of Belgian imperialism in the Congo and considers the Belgian case in light of literature on the French, British, and other European overseas empires. Comparing Belgium to other imperial powers, the book finds that pro-empire propaganda was a basic part of European overseas expansion and administration during the modern period. Arguing against the long-held belief that Belgians were merely “reluctant imperialists,” Stanard demonstrates that in fact many Belgians readily embraced imperialistic propaganda. Selling the Congo contributes to our understanding of the effectiveness of twentieth-century propaganda by revealing its successes and failures in the Belgian case. Many readers familiar with more-popular histories of Belgian imperialism will find in this book a deeper examination of European involvement in central Africa during the colonial era.

Belgium and the Congo 1885 1980

Belgium and the Congo  1885 1980
Author: Guy Vanthemsche
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 289
Release: 2012-04-30
ISBN 10: 0521194210
ISBN 13: 9780521194211
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Belgium and the Congo 1885 1980 Book Review:

This book explains how and why Belgium, a small but influential European country, was changed through its colonial activities in the Congo, from the first expeditions in 1880 to the Mobutu regime in the 1980s. Belgian politics, diplomacy, economic activity and culture were influenced by the imperial experience. Belgium and the Congo, 1885-1980 yields a better understanding of the Congo's past and present.

Leopold and Mobutu

Leopold and Mobutu
Author: Guy Tillim,Adam Hochschild
Publsiher: Filigranes Editions
Total Pages: 56
Release: 2004
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015062555522
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leopold and Mobutu Book Review:

Photographs taken by Guy Tillim between December 2002 and September 2003 convey not only the tragedy of the land and people of today's République démocratique du Congo, but evoke the ghosts of the Congo Free State when King Leopold II's conquest and pillaging of the land and enslavement of its people reduced the population by nearly half. The Congo became the focus for one of the earliest human rights movements in the late 19th-early 20th century. The photographs and essay by Adam Hochschild suggest that Leopold's spirit lived and live on in familiar forms.

A Village Destroyed May 14 1999

A Village Destroyed  May 14  1999
Author: Fred Abrahams,Eric Stover,Gilles Peress
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 247
Release: 2001
ISBN 10: 9780520233034
ISBN 13: 0520233034
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Village Destroyed May 14 1999 Book Review:

A disturbing chronicle of war crimes in Kosovo details the fate of Cuska, a town overrun by Serbian troops who proceeded to rob the inhabitants and murder the males of the town. Simultaneous.

Fortunes of Africa

Fortunes of Africa
Author: Martin Meredith
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 768
Release: 2014-09-11
ISBN 10: 1471135462
ISBN 13: 9781471135460
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fortunes of Africa Book Review:

In this vast and vivid panorama of history, Martin Meredith, bestselling author of The State of Africa, follows the fortunes of Africa over a period of 5,000 years. With compelling narrative, he traces the rise and fall of ancient kingdoms and empires; the spread of Christianity and Islam; the enduring quest for gold and other riches; the exploits of explorers and missionaries; and the impact of European colonisation. He examines, too, the fate of modern African states and concludes with a glimpse into their future. This is history on an epic scale.

A History of the Indians of the United States

A History of the Indians of the United States
Author: Angie Debo
Publsiher: University of Oklahoma Press
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2013-04-17
ISBN 10: 0806179554
ISBN 13: 9780806179551
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A History of the Indians of the United States Book Review:

In 1906 when the Creek Indian Chitto Harjo was protesting the United States government's liquidation of his tribe's lands, he began his argument with an account of Indian history from the time of Columbus, "for, of course, a thing has to have a root before it can grow." Yet even today most intelligent non-Indian Americans have little knowledge of Indian history and affairs those lessons have not taken root. This book is an in-depth historical survey of the Indians of the United States, including the Eskimos and Aleuts of Alaska, which isolates and analyzes the problems which have beset these people since their first contacts with Europeans. Only in the light of this knowledge, the author points out, can an intelligent Indian policy be formulated. In the book are described the first meetings of Indians with explorers, the dispossession of the Indians by colonial expansion, their involvement in imperial rivalries, their beginning relations with the new American republic, and the ensuing century of war and encroachment. The most recent aspects of government Indian policy are also detailed the good and bad administrative practices and measures to which the Indians have been subjected and their present situation. Miss Debo's style is objective, and throughout the book the distinct social environment of the Indians is emphasized—an environment that is foreign to the experience of most white men. Through ignorance of that culture and life style the results of non-Indian policy toward Indians have been centuries of blundering and tragedy. In response to Indian history, an enlightened policy must be formulated: protection of Indian land, vocational and educational training, voluntary relocation, encouragement of tribal organization, recognition of Indians' social groupings, and reliance on Indians' abilities to direct their own lives. The result of this new policy would be a chance for Indians to live now, whether on their own land or as adjusted members of white society. Indian history is usually highly specialized and is never recorded in books of general history. This book unifies the many specialized volumes which have been written about their history and culture. It has been written not only for persons who work with Indians or for students of Indian culture, but for all Americans of good will.

SUMMARY and ANALYSIS KING LEOPOLD s GHOST by Adam Hochschild s

SUMMARY and ANALYSIS  KING LEOPOLD s GHOST by Adam Hochschild s
Author: Gulf publishers
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 35
Release: 2020-07-06
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: 9798664175455
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

SUMMARY and ANALYSIS KING LEOPOLD s GHOST by Adam Hochschild s Book Review:

Leopold II, King of the Belgians, privately controlled and owned the Congo Free State from 1885 to 1908. In 1908, the area was annexed by Belgium as a colony known as the Belgian Congo. Leopold used his personal control to strip the county of vast amounts of wealth, largely in the form of ivory and rubber. These labor-intensive industries were serviced by slave labor, and the local peoples were forced to work through various means, including torture, imprisonment, maiming and terror. Christian missionaries and a handful of human rights organizers internationally publicized these atrocities. Slowly, various nations, including Great Britain and the United States of America, began to object to Leopold's tyranny with the result that the country's administration was transferred to Belgium. Little changed inside the country, however, until the ivory and rubber were exhausted.European interest in the African continent can be traced back to the late 1400s, when a European explorer sailed the west coast and discovered the Congo River. By the 1860s, most African coastal regions were claimed as colonies of European powers, but the vast interior of the continent remained unknown to Europeans. Henry Morton Stanley, a complicated man and renowned explorer, ventured through much of that unknown during a descent of the Congo River. Leopold II, King of the Belgians, was fascinated with obtaining a colony and focused upon claiming the interior of Africa--the only unclaimed sizable geographic area. Moving within the European political paradigm existing in the early 1880s, Leopold gained international concessions and recognition for his personal claim to the Congo Free State.

Churchill Son

Churchill   Son
Author: Josh Ireland
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2021-03-30
ISBN 10: 1524744476
ISBN 13: 9781524744472
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Churchill Son Book Review:

The intimate, untold story of Winston Churchill's enduring yet volatile bond with his only son, Randolph “Fascinating… well-researched and well-written.”—Andrew Roberts • “Beautifully written… A triumph.”—Damien Lewis • “Fascinating, acute and touching.”—Simon Sebag Montefiore We think we know Winston Churchill: the bulldog grimace, the ever-present cigar, the wit and wisdom that led Great Britain through the Second World War. Yet away from the House of Commons and the Cabinet War Rooms, Churchill was a loving family man who doted on his children, none more so than Randolph, his only boy and Winston's anointed heir to the Churchill legacy. Randolph may have been born in his father's shadow, but his father, who had been neglected by his own parents, was determined to see him go far. For decades, throughout Winston's climb to greatness, father and son were inseparable--dining with Britain's elite, gossiping and swilling Champagne at high society parties, holidaying on the French Riviera, touring Prohibition-era America. Captivated by Winston's power, bravery, and charisma, Randolph worshipped his father, and Winston obsessed over his son's future. But their love was complex and combustible, complicated by money, class, and privilege, shaded with ambition, outsize expectations, resentments, and failures. Deeply researched and magnificently written, Churchill & Son is a revealing and surprising portrait of one of history's most celebrated figures.