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

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

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By (author) Jordan Goodman

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  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Format: Paperback | 322 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 216mm x 25mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN 10: 0312680589
  • ISBN 13: 9780312680589
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 1,009,962

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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. Casement was outraged by what he uncovered: nearly thirty thousand Indians had died to produce four thousand tons of rubber for Peruvian and British commercial interests, under the brutal rubber baron Julio Cesar Arana. In 1912, Casement's seven-hundred-page report of the Putumayo violence set off reverberations throughout the world. Drawing on a wealth of original research, "The Devil and Mr. Casement" is a haunting story of modern capitalism with enormous contemporary political resonance.

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JORDAN GOODMAN has been a professional historian for thirty years and is Honorary Research Associate at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College, London. His last book was "The Rattlesnake "(Faber, 2005).

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“Written with detail and care…"The Devil and Mr. Casement "tells an important story….A valuable addition to the histories of Western exploitation at the beginning of the twentieth century.” "—The" "Boston Globe"“A fine and meticulous book…adds to Casement’s reputation as a pioneer of the human rights movement’s tactics, including the on-the-spot investigation, and the leveraging of public outrage to spur reform.” "—"Greg Grandin, "The New York Times Book Review"“With vivid touches of imagination and humor, Goodman captures the drama and paradox of Casement’s varied life.” "—""The New Yorker"“Goodman motors the pace and stokes suspense with cliff-hanger chapter endings and a dramatic courtroom trial…."The Devil and Mr. Casement" is delicately presented less as a tale of atrocities than as one of all-too-familiar corporate greed, diplomatic red tape, conflicting politics, and