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Adam Hochschild

Adam Hochschild


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 October 2018. His  Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, was published in in 2016. 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 an 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.

You can watch video interviews of Adam Hochschild by Scott Pelley of “60 Minutes,” and by Alison Stewart of PBS, or hear him interviewed 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. His latest magazine piece, looking back at the Armistice that ended the First World War, appeared in the New Yorker. Other subjects covered in recent  articles by him include reporting from Eastern Congo, the state of American prisons, the American crackdown on dissent of 100 years ago, the Ku Klux Klan, a shadowy general who was the father of American surveillance, American gun culture, and an oddly personal connection to the latest Tarzan film.

(Photo of Adam Hochschild by Nancy Rubin)



Sec. Title Time Location
1 J243 Advanced Narrative Writing
Spring 2019
Tu 10:00 - 1:00 B30 North Gate
9 J298 Writing the Non-Fiction Book
Spring 2018
T 10:00 - 1:00 B30 North Gate
9 J298 Writing the Non-Fiction Book
Spring 2017


Narrative Writing