Alan Lloyd has reviewed the new book by Jordan Goodman ‘The Devil and Mr Casement‘ which looks at the story of Roger Casement, human-rights activist and anti imperialist.
Most students of 20th century history will be a
warew of the headline story of Irish nationalist Sir Roger Casement being executed for treason in 1916.
However, few people will have any idea about the background of the man justifiably described as “the most experienced and most widely lauded investigator of human rights abuses of his day.”
This well researched and enthralling book chronicles the story of the indigenous Indians of the Putumayo, an almost impenetrable Amazonian region of Peru.
The unchallenged masters of the area were the Peruvian Amazon Rubber Company which used Barbadian overseers to maximise the production of latex, feeding the rocketing demand from the unquestioning capitalist economies of the US and Europe.
read the full review here.