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Adam Hochschild was born in New York City in 1942. As a college student, he spent a summer working on an anti-government newspaper in South Africa and worked briefly as a civil rights worker in Mississippi in 1964. He began his journalism career as a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle. Then he näytä lisää worked for ten years as a magazine editor and writer, at Ramparts and Mother Jones, which he co-founded. He has also written for The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and The Nation. His first book, Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son, was published in 1986. His other books include The Mirror at Midnight: A South African Journey; The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin; Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels; King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa; Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves; and To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918. He teaches writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

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Pimeyden sydän (1899) — Johdanto, eräät painokset23,556 kappaletta
Memoirs of a Revolutionary (1951) — Esipuhe, eräät painokset448 kappaletta
The Best American Essays 2001 (2001) — Avustaja — 236 kappaletta
Granta 84: Over There: How America Sees the World (2004) — Avustaja — 229 kappaletta
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 (2012) — Avustaja — 199 kappaletta

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A Tragic "Great Forgetting"

"Listen to the yell of Leopold’s ghost Burning in Hell for his hand-maimed host. Hear how the demons chuckle and yell Cutting his hands off, down in Hell." (p. 266)

There has been a a great forgetting of the tragic deaths of millions of Africans just a mere 125 years ago. This well - researched book thoroughly documents the Belgian atrocities in the Congo from 1890 until approximately 1910.
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Chrissylou62 | 126 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 11, 2024 |
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localgayangel | 126 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 5, 2024 |
This is the kind of history I like reading: told from the perspectives of (extra)ordinary people—in this case, Americans, whether volunteer soldiers, nurses, or reporters—as seen in their letters, dispatches, and journals. But in this case it felt lacking; I wanted both a grand, historical sweep and the ordinary Spaniard’s POV, whether Republican or Nationalist. Nonetheless, it’s a vivid recounting of the Spanish Civil War But one can’t call this an outsider’s perspective, because the people Hochschild features in his book were in the trenches themselves; the courageous volunteers of the International Brigades were ready to fight against fascism at all costs.… (lisätietoja)
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thewilyf | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 25, 2023 |
This book exposed what America became when aroused with war fever. Arguably, the issues that led to the eruption of the Great War had very little to do with any American National Interests. Indeed, the United States was never in any real danger of attack. However, the population was whipped up to a war frenzy and they vented their ire against any group that was perceived as not being sufficiently patriotic - that is, did not support the war effort enough. Hochschild discusses the plethora of pseudo-governmental groups that were called into existence to fight any "perceived" non-patriotic movement: these included workers' rights groups, womens' rights groups, socialist leaning groups, ethnic, minority groups. In short, there was a field day on any group that was not of northern European descent and capitalist groups. The book also showed Woodrow Wilson as less than of an inspired idealist as I have come to see him.

On the whole this books helps to show a darker side of American society as it grappled with the Great War and its immediate aftermath.

My only real criticism of this work is that endnoting system. Hochschild has adopted the newer system of not using endnote numbers. Instead, one must constant check the back of the book to see if the paragraph one just read has any accompanying endnote. Then, one must divine which reference is the note for which fact in the aforementioned paragraph. This is as opposed to just using numbers to reference endnotes.
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