"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 Ghostis 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
Biased left wing clap trap. Sure, a Colonialism was a scourge and hateful. But this writer is a boring crusader for the left. He probably has a portrait of Stalin in his bedroom. I avoid his rantings like the plague. He is a phony historian.15
This book is written with details on various perspectives of the Elian Congo. The effects of different parts of the world are shown. Horwirtz makes good connections with other history and the world today.55
A masterfully written book about the greed and glory many sought in Africa and the wake they left behind. A powerful powerful book!45