- File Size: 22208 KB
- Print Length: 366 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books (September 3, 1999)
- Publication Date: September 3, 1999
- Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004KZOWEG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,358 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa Kindle Edition
|Length: 366 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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This is a well written, easy to read book which meticulously details the history of this horrific period. It will forever change your understanding of the Congo, and of much of colonialism in Africa.
In addition to profiling Leopold throughout his life and reign, the book draws in other key figures in the story of African colonization. Henry M. "Dr. Livingstone, I presume" Stanley, a Welsh orphan who escaped to America where he became a journalist and steamboat captain, is one of the book's main subjects. Stanley served as a Congo "promoter" and agent for Leopold for many years.
Irish diplomat and nationalist Roger Casement, who worked for Stanley, went to the Congo in 1884 to supervise construction of a railroad from the ocean up the river to the interior rubber plantations. Later he issued a scathing report on the brutalities inflicted by government and corporate overseers.
Other figures -- crusader Edmund Morel, writer Joseph Conrad, Secretary of State Elihu Root, Sen. Nelson Aldrich, and many other international political figures -- all appear in the history.