Like Hochschild, I knew next to nothing about the Belgian Congo before King Leopold's Ghost.
This book deals with the successful forced labor dictatorship set up by King Leopold II of Belgium in the Belgian Congo from 1885-1908.
I highly recommend this well written book to any with an interest in the history of Africa and Europe.
I never learnt anything about this in school. I knew atrocities happened in Africa,but I had no idea what really happened. Read morePublished 7 days ago by K. LaPan
This book a very good and interesting history of a truly shocking story, though in retrospect, not that uncommon I guess. Read morePublished 17 days ago by John E. McLaughlin
A fascinating, fact-filled account of how Leopold II of Belgium's desire for "a colony" grew into a global business enterprise that exploited lands around the Congo and... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Kal
I'm embarrassed to say that I knew nothing about this before reading this book. I'm much better off having learned this tragic history. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Thomas Humphries
Stunning, horrifying, and so very true. An important look at one of the saddest and most shameful parts of our recent history.Published 26 days ago by Claire MCKENNA
This is the story of The Congo that inspired Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Excellent, fascinating. I didn't realize so much of his account was straight biography.Published 29 days ago by Bgoldstein
A fascinating history of King Leopold's rapacious treatment of the Africa as the insanely greedy King created and pillaged the resources of the Belgium Congo. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cindy Kelly