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Adam Hochschild is an author who is politically known for his evolvement in the civil rights movements He is most recognized for the novel King Leopolds Ghost is a story of greed terror and heroism This novel gives readers incite and whole new different perspective about the story of Africas exploration In the introduction of the novel Adam Hochild makes his objective clear about his story to his readers This is the story of that movement of the savage crime that was target of the long period of exploration and conquest that preceded it and of the way the world has forgotten one of the great mass killings of recent history p2 He successfully re tells the forgotten tale by using secondary resources to display King Leopold as a man who manipulated people in believing he was a humanitarian but in reality he used clever tactics to colonize the Congo for his personal interest and as a result it led to him to exploit resources and commit gruesome crimes against humanityThe structure of the novel itself is broken down into two sections The first section of the novel Adam Hochchild refers to the historical texts of Henry Morton Stanley the relationship he had with King Leopold and the tactics that both men used to colonise the Congo Henry Morton Stanley was famously known for his writings when travelling in the Congo King Leopold followed Henry Morton Stanleys work After reading Stanleys long daily telegraphs the King had seen an opportunity to gain power which he could not resist Leopold was now certain that this vast territory in the middle of Africa miraculously still unclaimed by any European power could become the colony he craved p57 King Leopold knew if he could get his hands on the Congo he would have total control of the resources and this would not only make him wealthy but also powerful Im sure if I quite openly charged
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