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King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa Paperback – September 3, 1999
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Due to the fact that at the time these horrific events were unfolding the Congo information was not as available as it has been for the past 70 years or so, it took awhile for the world to realize just what this mass murderer was accomplishing. His actions had a profound impact then; an impact that in many ways is still with us today.
This book is also a good reflection of all the worse aspect of Imperialism and the damage it has caused; again, a problem we are still dealing with.
Greed, megalomania, the whims of an extremely rich and evil man changed the course of history and hundreds and thousands suffered greatly. We do find some interesting names throughout this work; names which will surprise. I was reminded of Leopold when I recently read a biography of Queen Victoria and found that she was a bit of an admirer of this ruthless man.
This is a well written book and the author has a wonderful grasp of history and is quite obviously a wonderful researcher. I am glad this book was published. While I was aware of the situation at that time, I must admit to have been quite ignorant of the scope and impact. The author is also a good writer of popular fiction and while somewhat academic at times, is able to make himself understood by not academics such as myself.
I highly recommend this one although I must admit that I found myself becoming rather emotional as I read...something I normally do no indulge in when reading books in this genre.
I homeschool my family of boys. We paired this book with a study of colonization in New Mexico, our home state.
This book is astonishingly well written. It is a pleasure to read the writing, if only the subject matter were not so horrible. This is the way history should be written, and if I could give the book a sixth star, I would.
One decent enough map,several pages of photographs. I compare this book to John Rabe's diary on the Rape of Nanking or Hiang S. Nor's account of human evil in Cambodia for understanding that people are not inherently good. Every generation must be civilized by its elders. Failing that, well, the results are well documented.
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'Ghost' is, first, well written and easy to read, with a smart, functional format that manages to stitch the...Read more