Surname: 1NameCourseLecturerDate King Leopolds Ghost Book Review King Leopolds Ghost explains the legend of King Leopold II of Belgium and his abuse of adependency which he basically possessed, acknowledged variously as the Congo, the BelgianCongo, as well Zaire. It is a natural and horrible story of mans capability for evil and the strangedemonstration of it. The king (King Leopold II) never set foot in his fiefdom. This was from thesupport he got with the help of many willing subordinates to devastate a country.Disappointingly, it is not the nastiest example of colonial misrule, but simply a representativeone. But one thing which is disgusting, is the number of people who were affected. Congo is aknown as huge territory, and also how modern these events were, even if it’s barely hundredyears ago. Hochschild successfully describe Leopolds misrule, and equally extensively, describes thosethat withstand to fight against it. It is believed that there were supermen in this sordid tale,human rights activists at a time when the conception was still unknown one and when it wastaken for granted that the white man was advanced to the natives. The book reactions are somehow surprising hen one views on how unfamiliar people are to
Surname: 2the events portrayed herein. For that case, Hochschild acknowledges that he knew little aboutLeopolds misrule as well the campaign against it. On the other hand near the end of the book, heillustrates a Belgian diplomat who was also strange with these events. We always deliberatedthat people knew. Apparently they didnt and they dont reason why the book sounds fundamentalin revealing what went on.In his descriptions, Hochschild is helpful especially of the colourful persons involved, both theexcellent and the horrific. His analysis of the situation is solid; though essential superficial, it is ashort book, dealing with far flung and complex issues and incident. Hochschild packages thestory well and it makes a good though shocking to read. When one have a close overview of thereview, one notice that Hochschild bridges on occasion, but he does so in a sensible andacceptable manner. The basic case of what happened is well presented, and the historicalcharacters do come alive.One of the basic things that strike the reader is the fact that Hochschild has piled up anunbelievable origin of resources for this book. Fashion an uneven approximate of the story byusing accessible resources, Hochschild has attempted to make King Leopolds Ghost as fact-filled as possible as well the successful heartily. In this book of around 300 pages, is an abundantchannel of information on the subject. Whether it is people, places, deaths, or events, Hochschildhas investigated deep into the heart of the issue here and written a heavy, creative historicalportrayal.In his explanation, Hochschild gives life to the people in Congo; this involved both the monsterswho always infected pain as well as suffering and those who worked hard to evict Leopold andhis horrible soldiers. This makes it possible to meet so many people with dissimilar scrutinies
Surname: 3and it is difficult not to like the reformers who tried to end the whole suffering. ThoughHochschild got most of the information, he laments on his inability to find the voices of theactual suffering of the Congo people, but he has helped them by giving them voices through hiswell described descriptions.The book is considerate, with Hochschild usually reminds the reader of the jeopardy the textposes, for instance, in its confidence on sources that are logically not objective. A reminder ofthe horrors of colonialism in any form, as well that of the consequences of power, corrupting isnot a modern things since its here just like everywhere. Enormously this seems to be an essentialreading for those who are not familiar with the story. It has been note that those who know allabout King Leopold II might find it a bit oversimplified, but it is still a decent read.The presentation of the Congo story by Hochschild, both shed light on the past as well givingimminent about the future. It is noted that for every wronged culture there has to be those whoare willing to risk their lives to get rid of it. On the other hand, if there is not, evil is free tosupremacy on. Hochschild teaches us a lesson that we can not stand absentmindedly and letimmorality prolong. On the other had, we learn that we should be sturdy enough to shield whatwe know is precise.
Surname: 4 Work citedSchulz, William F.. The phenomenon of torture: readings and commentary. Philadelphia:University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007. Print.