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    DescriptionThis title features an untold story of the most horrifying crimes and massacres of the twentieth century. In September 1910, the activist and anti-imperialist Roger Casement arrived in the Amazon to investigate reports of widespread human-rights abuses in the vast forests stretching along the Putumayo River. There, the Peruvian entrepreneur Julio Cesar Arana ran an area the size of Belgium as his own private fiefdom; his British-registered company operated a systematic programme of torture, exploitation and murder. Fresh from documenting the scarcely imaginable atrocities perpetrated by King Leopold in the Congo, Casement was confronted with an all-too recognizable scenario. He uncovered an appalling catalogue of abuse: nearly 30,000 Indians had died to produce four thousand tons of rubber. From the Peruvian rainforests to the City of London, Jordan Goodman recounts a crime against humanity that history has almost forgotten, but whose exposure in 1912 sent shockwaves around the world. Drawing on a wealth of original research, "The Devil and Mr Casement" is a story of colonial exploitation and corporate greed with enormous contemporary political resonance.


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    Title
    The Devil and Mr Casement
    Subtitle
    A Crime Against Humanity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jordan Goodman
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 601 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781844673346
    ISBN 10: 1844673340
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    BIC E4L: CRI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.1
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    BIC subject category V2: BTC
    BISAC V2.8: BUS077000, HIS033000, SOC002010
    DC22: 364.15098544
    Thema V1.0: NH, DNXC
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps, ports.
    Publisher
    Verso Books
    Imprint name
    Verso Books
    Publication date
    01 June 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    JORDAN GOODMAN'S books include The Rattlesnake: A Voyage of Discovery to the Coral Sea. He has published extensively on the history of medicine and science, and in cultural and economic history. He is an Honorary Research Associate at the Wellcome Trust Centre, University College, London.
    Review quote
    "Goodman's account of the painstaking, dangerous soundings, calculations and surveying operation carried out aboard a ship that might run aground at any moment is gripping stuff... [his] account is so tense it reads more like something from a thriller than a history." - Literary Review "Invaluable... Goodman conjures the creak of the mast as canvas strained to breaking point, the seething scrabble of decks alive with cockroaches, and the thrill of a sparkling tropical sea after months of privation." - The Times "Jordan Goodman has produced an account which will be invaluable to future historians of the period." - Daily Telegraph"