King Leopold's Ghost

King Leopold's Ghost

A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa

eBook - 1999
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Documents the plundering of the territory.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1999
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
ISBN: 9780547525730
0547525737
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (366 p.) : ill., map

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jillmarie58
Jun 05, 2017

A powerful book about the misery created to the people of the Congo by a self-centered, dishonest, heartless Belgian king and the amazing pre-internet marketing and publicity efforts by many people across many decades (1880-1910) to raise international awareness and efforts to end King Leopold's evil tyranny. I couldn't put the book down. This is not what we learned in history class as kids, although my daughter was learning about it in an African Studies class at Knox College at the same time I was reading this.

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talktimereader
Aug 27, 2016

Frightening. The story that foretells the truth of politics and economics in Africa now.

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gjanzen
Apr 26, 2011

This is the story of Belgium's blood-stained history in central Africa. If you got to Brussels today you will find pillaged Congolese 'loot' from the Leopold era in museums, and no memorials to the millions of Congolese who died under the Belgium boot. That is, I suppose, no different from the spoils of colonial power on display all over Europe (The Mall in London is a chilling example).

For a lighter but no less enlightening look at Congo's history, try "In the Footsteps of Mr. Kurtz" by Michela Wrong.

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jwarning
Apr 09, 2011

A strong warning against quiet and subtle nation-building. The author follows Belgium's colonialism into modern day nation-building. The reader cannot help but recognize the political and popular public relations tools used by individuals and governments in pursuit of profits, and at the expense of culture, human life, and natural resources. Excellent book.

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imakio
Sep 15, 2010

An incredible and disturbing book about the history of the rubber industry in Africa.

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Cabby
Sep 09, 2008

Book club.

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