Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild began his journalism career as a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle. Subsequently he worked as a magazine editor and writer, at Ramparts and Mother Jones. His work has been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine and other newspapers and magazines. He is the author of seven books, including King Leopold’s Ghost and Finding the Trapdoor, a collection of his shorter pieces. His 2005 book, Bury the Chains, was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the L. A. Times Book Prize; his magazine writing has won awards from the Overseas Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists and elsewhere. Hochschild has consulted for the BBC and has taught writing workshops for working journalists in the U.S., Britain, Zambia, South Africa and India.

Published Stories:

Colonial Folly; European Suicide
New York Times
The illusions behind the First World War
Time to Hail the Peacemakers
The Guardian
The war resisters of 100 years ago
Berkeley: What We Didn't Know
New York Review of Books
Secret U.S. government surveillance of citizens is not just something revealed by whistle-blowers of recent years. It was happening decades ago. And it went well beyond surveillance. Adam Hochschild reviews a book that reveals how much this was happening on the Berkeley campus itself--when he was covering it, unawares, as a newspaper reporter in the 1960s.
Assessing Africa
New York Times
A review of Wole Soyinka's new book, "Of Africa."
Process of Extermination ‘The Spanish Holocaust,’ By Paul Preston
The New York Times
A review of Paul Preston’s magisterial account of the bloodshed of Francisco Franco’s military uprising against Spain’s elected government.
'I Tried to Stop the Bloody Thing'
The American Scholar
A magazine excerpt from Hochschild's latest book, 'To End All Wars.'
Rape of the Congo
The New York Review of Books

Lecturer Adam Hochschild went to the Democratic Republic of Congo in June, 2009 to write several magazine pieces. The first appears in The New York Review of Books.

Blood and Treasure
Mother Jones

Why does one of the world's richest countries have some of its poorest people?

The Trial of Thomas Lubanga
The Atlantic

In the third of three magazine pieces from his trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Hochschild observes former child soldiers watching the International Criminal Court's first trial.

Practicing History Without a License
Historically Speaking

Lecturer Adam Hochschild talks to historians about his experience of coming as a journalist to the writing of history.

Books:

Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves
Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves

A history of the pioneering citizens' movement at home and slave rebellions abroad that won the emancipation of British Empire slaves.

 
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa

The major international atrocity scandal of the early 20th century, and the journalists who exposed it.

 
Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels
Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels

Collected magazine pieces from two decades.

 
The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin
The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin

A journey across Russia to the ruins of the gulag. Interviews with former prisoners and their jailors.

 
The Mirror at Midnight: A South African Journey
The Mirror at Midnight: A South African Journey

A portrait of South Africa at the peak of apartheid-era repression.

 
Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son
Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son

A memoir of a relationship.

 
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918

A narrative of the First World War, retold as a struggle between generals, cabinet ministers and ordinary soldiers who fought in the trenches, and, opposed to them, war resisters who refused to fight.

 

Other Works:

Adam Hochschild talks with the Columbia Journal about his articles and books.  Read more...

On C-Span, Hochschild speaks about his experiences writing history.  Read more...

Gavin MacFadyen of London's Centre for Investigative Journalism interviews Adam about his career in journalism, his books, and the craft of writing history with the immediacy of today's news.  Read more...

"Covering Human Rights in the Congo--100 Years Ago and Today"  Read more...

PBS's "Need to Know" interviews Hochschild on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba.  Read more...

"Fresh Air" host Terry Gross interviews Adam about his new book, "To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918"  Read more...

Scott Pelley of "60 Minutes" interviews Hochschild in Bunia, eastern Congo  Read more...