This relatively unknown history of the reign of terror by King Leopold II on Africa's Congo is a tragic witness to the collective amnesia that we all collectively suffer.
Mr. Hochschild has done us a tremendous service in bringing to light and life, the dark tale of the fate of the African Congo and the brutal exploitation that took place on the world's stage to a mostly silent and indifferent audience.
This is an excellent and painful lesson in world history, all the more remarkable that it occurred not that long ago. The narration is balanced, crisp and dispassionate and lets the words provide the majority of the drama. The passions of Leopold and those who sought to expose him are allowed to come through unfiltered. While it may be a misnomer to call an audio book a "page turner", nonetheless, it is appropriate.
A detailed and nuanced presentation. Remarkably non-linear but soberly and dramatically written and presented. Worth listening to more than once. Highly recommended and a very telling commentary on the state of the human race.
Wonderfully written history of a man who truly was a powerhouse. An excellent narration as well! To paraphrase the "great" man Moses, "You either do it my way AND take my highway."
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