At the end of the 19th century, when the European powers divided Africa for themselves, King Leopold of Belgium carried out a brutal sacking of the territory surrounding the Congo river that provoked the death of over 10 million Africans. A rich and perturbing story, it describes a megalomaniac of monstrous proportions. It is also the moving portrait of African rebels who did not kneel and a handful of valiant missionaries and explorers who traveled to Africa in search of adventure and instead became witnesses to a genocide.
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About the Author
Adam Hochschild is a writer, journalist, historian, and professor. He received a BA in history and literature from Harvard University and has contributed essays to The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Review of Books, and the Nation.
Hometown:San Francisco, California
Date of Birth:October 5, 1942
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Education:A.B., Harvard College, 1963