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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9,343 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adam Hochschild Narrator: Geoffrey Howard Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the late 1890s, Edmund Dene Morel, a young British shipping company agent, noticed something strange about the cargoes of his company's ships as they arrived from and departed for the Congo, Leopold II's vast new African colony. Incoming ships were crammed with valuable ivory and rubber. Outbound ships carried little more than soldiers and firearms.

Correctly concluding that only slave labor on a vast scale could account for these cargoes, Morel resigned from his company and almost singlehandedly made Leopold's slave-labor regime the premier human rights story in the world. Thousands of people packed hundreds of meetings throughout the United States and Europe to learn about Congo atrocities. Two courageous black Americans - George Washington Williams and William Sheppard - risked much to bring evidence to the outside world. Roger Casement, later hanged by Britain as a traitor, conducted an eye-opening investigation of the Congo River stations.

Sailing into the middle of the story was a young steamboat officer named Joseph Conrad. And looming over all was Leopold II, King of the Belgians, sole owner of the only private colony in the world.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by melissa/missy | 2/17/2014

    " This book is awesome. I was expecting something dry and scholarly, but Hochschid can write some compelling non-fiction. I highly recommend this book--because I think it's so important for people to get grounded in the stories of (not-so-ancient) colonial history, and also because it is a completely riveting book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rick | 1/25/2014

    " Having spent two years in Belgium and knowing that today Antwerp is the diamond capitol of the world (run by Orthodox Jews) I was always curious how this came to be. Noone in Belgium seemed to want to discuss Belgiums colonial past. In fact, most of the Belgiums that I interacted with felt the same dismissiveness when discussing Hitler. I later learned that about King Leopold's atrocities (not from anyone in Belgium). This book described in detail what an evil and self-centered person King Leopold was (I often passed by the palace on the tramp or light rail and saw some of the excentricities accumulated during these years). It is sad what Belgium did to the Congo and Africa continues to suffer for it today. With all that said the book was not very well written and often went into detail that was unnecessary. Despite that the book was well researched and the pictures were facinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lucy_van_pelt | 1/23/2014

    " Absolutely chilling account of Belgian King Leopold's systematic genocide in Congo. Riveting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Eric Goode | 1/19/2014

    " I have not read many history books like this. I have since read several others that he has written because the story that he tells is intoxicating. In my limited opinion, I think he is the best history author I have read. You will enjoy it. "

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