Almost ten years ago I read Adam Hochschild's King Leopold's Ghost, about the horrible exploitation of the people of The Congo to advance the wealth of King Leopold of Belgium.
"If you are interested in Colonialism, the history of Africa, or have any romantic notions about European royalty, you need to read King Leopold's Ghost. Queen Victoria was a cousin of Leopold
This is a great book, both for how it is written and for the forgotten story it tells. There is also a 2005 end note in which the author talks about reaction to the book." From my post of November 11, 2012.
As soon as I got notice that his latest book, American Midnight- The Great War- A Violent Peace and America’s Forgotten Crisis was on sale as a Kindle for $2.95 I hit "buy now".
"National Bestseller • One of the year's most acclaimed works of nonfiction