Adam Hochschild

2005 Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction

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Adam Hochschild began his journalism career as a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle. He subsequently worked for ten years as a magazine editor and writer at Ramparts and Mother Jones. Freelance articles of his have been published in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine and elsewhere.

Hochschild is the author of eight books, mostly on the subject of human rights, including King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa and The Mirror at Midnight: A South African Journey. His book, Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves, was a finalist for the National Book Award and was also long listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize. In addition, he has consulted for the BBC and taught writing workshops for working journalists in the U.S., Britain, Zambia, South Africa and India.

Hochschild currently teaches writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley and lives in San Francisco. His latest book, To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918, was published in 2011.

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