ADAM HOCHSCHILD - With TO END ALL WARS
Adam Hochschild, author of BURY THE CHAINS and KING LEOPOLD'S GHOST, brings us his new TO END ALL WARS: A STORY OF LOYALTY AND REBELLION, 1914 -
1918. World War I stands as one of history's most senseless spasms of
carnage. Hochschild focuses on the long-ignored moral drama of the war's
critics, alongside its generals and heroes.
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In a riveting, suspenseful narrative with haunting echoes for our own time, Adam Hochschild brings WWI to life as never before.
From the author of the widely acclaimed KING LEOPOLD'S GHOST comes the taut, gripping account of one of the most brilliantly organized social justice campaigns in history -- the fight to free the slaves of the British Empire. In early 1787, twelve men -- a printer, a lawyer, a clergyman, and others united by their hatred of slavery -- came together in a London printing shop and began the world's first grass-roots movement, battling for the rights of people on another continent. Masterfully stoking public opinion, the movement's leaders pioneered a variety of techniques that have been adopted by citizens' movements ever since, from consumer boycotts to wall posters and lapel buttons to celebrity endorsements. A deft chronicle of this groundbreaking antislavery crusade and its powerful enemies, BURY THE CHAINS gives a little-celebrated human rights watershed its due at last.
In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million--all the while shrewdly cultivating his reputation as a great humanitarian. Heroic efforts to expose these crimes eventually led to the first great human rights movement of the twentieth century, in which everyone from Mark Twain to the Archbishop of Canterbury participated. KING LEOPOLD'S GHOST is the haunting account of a megalomaniac of monstrous proportions, a man as cunning, charming, and cruel as any of the great Shakespearean villains.