You can choose any of the two books to do the review on, let me know if you have

You can choose any of the two books to do the review on, let me know if you have questions!
Book Review:
King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
Adam Hochschild tells the story of Belgium’s foray into the Congo and the cost and legacy of European colonialism on sub-Saharan Africa. What is Hochschild’s thesis in this book? How well does he support his thesis? What are some of Hochschild’s stronger arguments and what parts of the book are confusing or need further explanation? Who, according to Hochschild, are the heroes in this otherwise depressing story of human misery and exploitation? What have you learned about world history, and especially its African component, from King Leopold’s Ghost? How significant was the “new” imperialism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries? In what ways does this story still affect us today? Suggested length: 4-5 pages (no more than 7), standard margins, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font, AND a bibliographical citation for each book being reviewed.
OR Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free.
Héctor Tobar tells the very human story of the trapped miners in Chile in his book, Deep Down Dark. What is Tobar’s main point in writing the book? How convincing is Tobar in his arguments? While the book primarily celebrates the rescue of “the 33,” who or what is to blame for their precarious situation? How responsible was the company for the cave-in at the mine? How much blame should the government share for the accident that could have easily become a tragedy? What do we learn about the role mining played in the economic development of Chile? Why do miners risk so much in an unpredictable and dangerous job? While the villains in this story might be somewhat hidden and faceless, who were the heroes both below and above ground during the sixty-nine days of being trapped in the mine? How did “the 33’s” survival change their lives? What is to be learned from this story of adversity and survival? Suggested length: 4-5 pages (no more than 7), standard margins, double-spaced, Times

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