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Top 5 books of 2019


King Leopold's Ghost

by Adam Hochschild

I wanted to know more about what the role was of Belgium in the colonisation in Africa, and more specific what King Leopold II contributed to it all. As the author told us it's not easy to reconstruct the whole history because of the lack of trustworthy accounts. Especially the lack of accounts from the Congolese side of the colonisation is limited. Nevertheless, I suggest this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Congo and it's colonisation, and I highly recommend it to it all Belgians. I will even go further and say that it should be a required read in all Belgian schools. Also, destroy all statues of King Leopold II.

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

by Malcolm X and Alex Haley

Although a lot of people would like to believe that racism is a thing of the past, it's not. The surge of police violence in the US made me more aware of that. I've heard a lot of times about Malcolm X, but never knew any details about his life and what he did. This autobiography is what you need to read if you want to get glimpse of Malcolm X's life, where he comes from and what he achieved for people of colour.

Inna di Dancehall: Popular Culture and The Politics of Identity in Jamaica

by Donna P. Hope

On my quest to learn more about the Dancehall culture the books of Donna P. Hope are must-reads. She has firsthand knowledge of Dancehall. Raised and living in Jamaica, she is one of the leading experts in the field of research about Dancehall. This book is a recommendation for Dancehall fans, Dancehall dancers and everybody interested in the Dancehall culture.

Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant

by Roland Lazenby

Kobe Byrant is one of the greatest athletes of our times. There is no doubt about that. But how did it all came to be? How did he go from being a kid who loves basketball to being one of the greatest basketball players of all times? This biography answers a lot of questions and gives a lot of interesting insights in the life of this unique athlete. Roland Lazenby did an excellent job in bringing mortal reality to the life of one of the gods of professional sports. I highly recommend this book to all Kobe Bryant fans and basketball fans, together with those who are interested in greatness.

Michael Jordan: The Life

by Roland Lazenby

When I was reading Showboat a lot of times Michael Jordan came in the picture, either when Bryant was competing against him or when a comparison between Bryant and Jordan was made. As a result I also wanted to learn more about Michael Jordan. Is he really better than Kobe Bryant, as a basketball player, as an athlete, and as team player? This is another biography by Roland Lazenby and would recommend it as much as Showboat. Although it's unlikely that the debate about who of the two is the best will ever be settled, I'm already looking forward to the biography of that other basketball player that is also considered one of the greatest: Lebron James. Mr. Lazenby, will you be putting his life on paper too?


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