Adam Hochschild (pronunciation: ”Hoch” as in ”spoke”; ”schild” as in ”build”) is the author of nine books; the latest, Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays appeared in 2018. His Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, was published in in 2016. Of his earlier books, Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the PEN USA Literary Award, the Gold Medal of the California Book Awards, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa and To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 were both finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels, collects some of the articles he has done in several decades of writing for various newspapers and magazines. Earlier in his career, he was a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, a commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and a co-founder, editor, and writer at Mother Jones magazine. His articles have also been published in the New Yorker, Harper’s, the Atlantic, the New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere. In 2009 he received the Theodore Roosevelt-Woodrow Wilson Award from the American Historical Association and in 2014 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
At the Graduate School of Journalism in 2018, former PBS NewsHour correspondent Elizabeth Farnsworth interviewed Hochschild about his work (interview starts at 6:00 minutes into the video recording). Hochschild has also been interviewed about his writing on the Congo by Scott Pelley of “60 Minutes,” and Alison Stewart of PBS, and by Terry Gross of NPR’s “Fresh Air” about Spain in Our Hearts and about To End All Wars. The text of a print interview with him about his body of work appears here, and a C-SPAN recording of him talking about his most recent book is here. A recent magazine piece of his looking back at the Armistice that ended the First World War, appeared in the New Yorker. Other subjects covered in his articles include the civil war in eastern Congo, echoes of a particular historical moment in Trump’s demagoguery, a shadowy general who was the father of American surveillance, and an oddly personal connection to the latest Tarzan film.
(Photo of Adam Hochschild by Barbi Reed)
PUBLICATIONS & OTHER WORK
Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939
"With all due respect to Orwell, 'Spain in Our Hearts' should supplant 'Homage to Catalonia' as the best introduction to the conflict written in English." --New Republic.
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa
"Hochschild's book is a rare thing in possessing both scholarly worth and the virtues of a novel. This is an extraordinary book." --Boston Sunday Globe.
Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son
"An extraordinarily moving portrait of the complexities and confusions of familial love." --Michiko Kakutani, New York Times.
The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin
"The characters and the dramatic situations Mr. Hochschild encounters are nothing short of magnificent." --New York Times Book Review.
Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels
"An enthralling excursion around the world and into the heart." --Publishers Weekly.
Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves
"A thrilling, substantive . . . work of narrative history. In its own fashion, it furthers the abolitionists' crucial work of lifting our moral blindness." --Maureen Corrigan, NPR's 'Fresh Air.'
To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918
"This is a book to make one feel deeply and painfully"--Christopher Hitchens, New York Times Book Review.
The Mirror at Midnight: A South African Journey
"Through the prism of a strangely special relationship with South Africa, his is far more than an outsider's perception of the drama of our country"--Nadine Gordimer.
Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays
“This is advocacy journalism of the most persuasive kind—impassioned but never shrill. . . . He bears witness, through his own eyes and ears and the voices of the afflicted, brave people he meets.”--San Francisco Chronicle.
MEDIA PLATFORMSNarrative Writing