Adam Hochschild's research and writing style are unparalleled on this topic. I have my history students read this text.
It's true and it offers us a lesson for the future.
It is well read. I like to listen to it in my car on my commute a few weeks before I grade student papers about it to just refresh my memory.
It didn't make me cry but it could have because the subject material is devastating.
I like how the story is presented in a linear fashion. It does not jump around much in the dates. This resulted in an easy to follow story.
From greed of one man to the slaughter of millions
This was a very informative book about the oppression of native people of Congo. Once one reads this book, one will understand the strife endured by the natives in the past which can be seen today as well. Today, it is easy to look at conflicts in developing and undeveloped countries and think, "Those people need to settle their differences". However, that is a naive thought. One must look at the people, the land, the culture, the resources, and most of all...the history. King Leopold's Ghost is not only about the brutal oppression of the Congolese population by a racist, dehumanizing Belgian monarchy; it is also about the ingrained racism and indifference society had toward other societies over 100 years ago. Almost every developed European country is implicated in this indifference. It must be acknowledged that the developed countries, in which we enjoy a comfortable lifestyle today, is built upon the labor, blood, and the cruelty endured by the weaker native populations. Every person who has the luxury to enjoy his/her comfortable lifestyle owes it to himself/herself to read this text.
It's hard to be enthusiastic about a book that deals with genocide, but it's important for the victims that the story be told, and it's important for us to remember so that it doesn't happen again.
The voice actor uses Upper Received Pronunciation to great effect. This is very helpful with nonfiction, I wish more audiobooks would follow suit.
Where to start? The information I gathered from this book was startling. Not only was I educated, I was entertained. I not only learned about King Leopold, I learned about Henry Morton Stanley, Joseph Conrad, and a slew of other historical figures.
I really enjoyed the way the book was read. The pauses, the cadence, and the the readers voice all were impressive. Another great selection from Audible. Thank you.
Completely blindsided by this historical account of which no primary schools ever touch on or teach children about. Very well written and read. The greed of men knows no bound. The deleting of the past by an entire nation is shameful.
A period in history which exemplifies the brutality of colonialism. All the duplicity, lies and propaganda used by Leopold can be cut and pasted onto the political and industry leaders of the 21st century. Heart of darkness indeed.