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

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

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By (author) Jordan Goodman

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  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Format: Paperback | 328 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 26mm | 379g
  • Publication date: 22 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844676250
  • ISBN 13: 9781844676255
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps, ports
  • Sales rank: 756,164

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In September 1910, the human rights 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. Fresh from documenting the scarcely imaginable atrocities perpetrated by King Leopold in the Congo, Casement uncovered an appalling catalogue of abuse: nearly 30,000 Indians had died to produce 4,000 tonnes of rubber. 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 resonance.

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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.

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"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 "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