A very troubling look at the Belgian involvement in the Congo -- a chapter in the European 'Scramble for Africa' -- that I had not known much about. Leopold, in particular, comes out looking very bad.
The book (which I listened to as an audio) is still a bit too long and spends too much time on narrow topics -- and engages in a bit of hagiography of E.D. Morel and Roger Casement. In other words, the author is trying to appeal to the pathos in the reader, where more detachment would have made for a duller but stronger book. In other words, it is a good book, but the author was concerned about sales..., as well as about the truth.
What the people of the Congo suffered, however, from the Rubber Terror was truly horrific: