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Exterminate All the Brutes Paperback – 11 Apr 2002
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'This book is important...we, our rulers, and their stooges should read it...it contains a message for our future' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian 'The chilling title of this excellent book is the line from Conrad's Heart of Darkness that concludes Kurtz's report on the task of the white man in Africa' Mail on Sunday 'Here is a book which has come out of risk and years of thought' John Berger
About the Author
Sven Lindqvist was born in Stockholm in 1932 and has travelled extensively through Asia, Africa and Latin America.
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It is also extremely readable and intersperses a Saharan travelogue through the history of the ideology and science of racism and violence.
One of the most powerful books on racism ever written, and a gem of concision. Buy it and be awed and shocked by the depth of Europe's brutality a century ago, and wonder why it has taken so long for this story to reach us.
As a Brit it was fascinating to learn the nastiness of Stanley's expeditions, of Darwin's 2-faced part in Western racist thought, and of the imperialism to which Joseph Conrad and H.G. Wells responded.
I read it in half a day. Its a pacy fusion of travelogue, history, and comment. I'd snap up any book by this author.
It mixes a detailed general history with personal reminiscences in a fusion that fascinates as it informs. I can highly commend this book to anyone wishing to understand the origins of racism and the widespread occurrence of genocide in the battles for land and resources.
My issues with the book are the non-history parts and its ethical approach to history. The non-history parts, in which he writes this weird travel diary, made no sense to me, and even after really thinking I couldn't find them having any relation to the historical topic (extermination of the 'brutes') at hand; this begs me to question why they were included at all. Secondly, the author approaches the process of colonisation almost purely from an ethical standpoint - I know in the introduction he says it isn't a piece of historical research, but because he's writing about an historical topic, it ultimately comes across as a heavily biased history book as opposed to a book written to criticise racism. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, it's just a bit weird.
This book made me understand so much about colonialism, it's motivations and it's impact. All the bits of knowledge i had accumulated before reading this were, having read it, 'joined up' and made to make sense as part of the bigger picture.
I would recommend this book to everyone.