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King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa Paperback – Sept. 3 1999

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  • Item Weight : 489 g
  • Paperback : 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780618001903
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0618001903
  • Product Dimensions : 15.6 x 2.54 x 22.81 cm
  • Publisher : Mariner Books (Sept. 3 1999)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : 0618001905
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 1,177 ratings

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An enthralling story, full of fascinating characters, intense drama, high adventure, deceitful manipulations, courageous truth-telling, and splendid moral fervor . . . 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."
-Neal Ascherson, Los Angeles Times

"A vivid, novelistic narrative that makes the reader acutely aware of the magnitude of the horror perpetrated by King Leopold and his minions."
-The New York Times

" King Leopold's Ghost is a remarkable achievement, hugely satisfying on many levels. It overwhelmed me in the way Heart of Darkness did when I first read it-and for precisely the same reasons: as a revelation of the horror that had been hidden in the Congo."
-Paul Theroux

"Carefully researched and vigorously told, King Leopold's Ghost does what good history always does-expands the memory of the human race."
-The Houston Chronicle "

About the Author

ADAM HOCHSCHILD is the author of ten books. King Leopold's Ghost was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was To End All Wars. His Bury the Chains was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and PEN USA Literary Award. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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