Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild


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Adam Hochschild (pronunciation: ”Hoch” as in ”spoke”; ”schild” as in ”build”) is the author of ten  books; Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes is his most recent.  Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, appeared 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 and the more recent Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays collect 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.

In 2020, the New York Times Book Review featured Hochschild as the subject of its weekly “By the Book” interview. 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 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 Lessons from a Dark Time is here. He has also spoken at the headquarters of Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Foundation. In a recent video podcast interview he spoke about his life’s work.

A recent magazine piece of his looking back at the Armistice that ended the First World War, appeared in the New Yorker, as did another article about a very Trumpian moment in American history a hundred years ago. Among other subjects he has written about in recent years are  the civil war in eastern Congo,  a highly unusual museum, a shadowy general who was the father of American surveillance, an oddly personal connection to the latest Tarzan film, and, with a humorous take, 2020’s worldwide epidemic of toppling statues. Recent articles of his also include a profile of a former pro football player turned restorative justice activist  and a review of The 1619 Project. 

(Photo of Adam Hochschild by Barbi Reed)



Sec. Title Time Location
1 J243 Advanced Narrative Writing
Spring 2019
Tu 10:00 - 1:00 B30 North Gate — B30 North Gate
018 J298 – Writing the Nonfiction Book
Spring 2021
M 2:00 - 5:00
007 J298 Advanced Narrative Writing
Spring 2022
Tu 10:00 - 1:00 127 North Gate (Fishbowl) — 127 North Gate (Fishbowl)
9 J298 Writing the Non-Fiction Book
Spring 2018
T 10:00 - 1:00 B30 North Gate — B30 North Gate


Narrative Writing