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The Devil and Mr. Casement: One Man's Battle for Human Rights in South America's Heart of Darkness

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THE STORY OF AN IMPERIAL TRAGEDY THAT SENT SHOCKWAVES AROUND THE WORLD
In September 1910, the activist Roger Casement arrived in the Amazon jungle on a mission for the British government: to investigate reports of widespread human-rights abuses in the forests along the Putumayo River. Accusations against the Peruvian rubber baron Julio Cesar Arana had been making their way
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Hardcover, 322 pages
Published February 16th 2010 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published June 1st 2009)
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Christopher Rex
Jul 29, 2011 Christopher Rex rated it liked it
This book could've been excellent if the author had found a way to cut out about 50pp. It simply runs on too long in parts. Casement is a very interesting character, but the author doesn't introduce him until 100pp+ into the book and never really indulges into his "personal characteristics" until the very end - Casement's fate did come as a surprise to me and the book left me wanting to know more about the guy and his struggles. As for the "rubber" element of the book, the author never goes ...more
Margaret Sankey
Jul 23, 2011 Margaret Sankey rated it liked it
Fresh off investigating abuses in the Congo, Roger Casement, intrepid British Civil Servant, discovered the British and Americans turning a blind eye to the demented power of a Peruvian rubber baron. Using muckraking journalists, African-American activists and the still creaking machinery of the anti-slavery society in the UK, Casement crusaded on--the book overstates this as a step towards his Irish Independence martyrdom/treason, but it is useful to refuse to locate all the evil in the Congo ...more
Chris
May 22, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a pretty fast read, interesting and very readable. I disagree with the comments that the book was too long. It's both a bio and a history, not a work of fiction. If anything, the book should have been longer, with more in-depth information on the indigenous people at the heart of the book.
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Oct 03, 2010 !Tæmbuŝu marked it as to-read
Shelves: memoir, biography
Meaghan Alvarado
This was interesting and eye opening, however like the other readers, there were at LEAST 50 pages that could have been cut out. The last 50 pages were repetitive/summaries.

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