It's Week 10, and having already crossed the half-a-million words threshold, I wanted to treat myself to a classic - King Leopald's Ghost - A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa, By Adam Hoschild is a remarkable book. Released in 1999, it tells the story of how Leopold, King of Belgium raped the Congo, maiming and murdering countless Congolese in his pursuit of ivory and rubber. Not satisfied with his monstrosity, he went about systematically destroying all evidence, with those following after him hiding Belgium's past shame.
It's also an inspiring story of the Congo Reform Association's Ed Morel who led a fierce and successful struggle against Leopold's brutality and in the process built a positive legacy of the fight for human rights. Throughout the book you meet many interesting characters such as King Affonso I, Henry Stanley, George Washington Williams and William Sheppard. The book is a gem at so many levels that I cannot fully describe. Simply put, one cannot understand present day Congo without reading this book! A must read for any student of modern day Africa.
Memorable Quote :
No zeal, no Faith, inspired this Leopold,Book Reading Goal Review
Nor any madness of half-splendid birth.
Cool-eyed, he loosed the hounds that rend and slay,
Just that his coffers might be gorged with gold.
Embalm him, Time Forget him not, O Earth,
Trumpet his name, and flood his deeds with day.
Books Read So Far : 12 books
Remaining Books to Achieve Target : 38 books
Weeks Remaining to Achieve Annual Target : 38 weeks