Adam Hochschild

Conflict Minerals

Adam Hochschild, author of “King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa,” discusses the weakness of the conflict minerals approach in addressing the realities in the Congo.

Born the son of a mining company executive, Adam Hochschild visited apartheid-era South Africa during his teens and observed the injustices of racism. He subsequently became active politically, joining the civil rights movement, demonstrating against the Vietnam War, and co-founding the activist magazine Mother Jones. His National Book Award-nominated Bury the Chains is a fascinating look at the British abolitionist movement of the late 1700s.

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