Meandering Em's

Passion is books, photography, running and traveling. Also passionate about environmental issues.

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

King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa - Adam Hochschild This is a well researched book about one of the most evil men that no one has ever heard of. King Leopold of Belgium wanted to have a colony like England and France. He manipulated his country into giving him money and bonds to help the Congo people escape the terrors of "Arab" slave traders. In reality, through violence and brutality, he and his cohorts enslaved the population in order to obtain all the ivory and rubber they could squeeze out of the Africans. The tortures inflicted on the native populations were enormous. If the people King Leopold had conquered were white Europeans, there would have been a terrible outcry from the U.S. and Great Britain, but their plight was unknown to most people. The author tells the story of the few people who took a stand and tried to stop cruelties in the Congo. These are men that I had never heard of--Morel, Casement, and Sheppard, but I want to learn more them about in the future.

Currently reading

The Waiting Years
Fumiko Enchi
Progress: 94/208 pages
Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock
Derrick Z. Jackson, Stephen W. Kress
Progress: 33/376 pages