King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa

By Adam Hochschild

In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million–all the while shrewdly c…

Published date: January 1, 1998
Type: Books
Genre: Biography

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