The Empire of Necessity

NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR'S CHOICE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE RECOMMENDED BOOK WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZE From the acclaimed author of Fordlandia, the story of a remarkable slave rebellion that illuminates America's struggle with slavery and ...

The Empire of Necessity

The Empire of Necessity

NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR'S CHOICE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE RECOMMENDED BOOK WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZE One morning in 1805, off a remote island in the South Pacific, Captain Amasa Delano, a New England seal hunter, climbed aboard a distressed Spanish ship carrying scores of West Africans he thought were slaves. They weren't. In fact, they were performing an elaborate ruse, having risen up earlier and slaughtered most of the crew and officers. When Delano, an idealistic, anti-slavery republican, finally realized the deception-that the men and women he thought were humble slaves were actually running the ship-he rallied his crew to respond with explosive violence. Drawing on research on four continents, The Empire of Necessity is the untold history of this extraordinary event and its bloody aftermath. Delano's blindness that day has already inspired one masterpiece-Herman Melville's Benito Cereno. Now historian Greg Grandin returns to these dramatic events to paint an indelible portrait of a world in the throes of revolution, providing a new transnational history of slavery in the Americas-and capturing the clash of peoples, economies, and faiths that was the New World in the early 1800s.

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The Empire of Necessity
Language: en
Pages: 400
Authors: Greg Grandin
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-01-13 - Publisher: Picador

NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR'S CHOICE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE RECOMMENDED BOOK WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZE One morning in 1805, off a remote island in the South Pacific, Captain Amasa Delano, a New England seal hunter, climbed aboard a distressed Spanish ship carrying scores of West Africans he thought were slaves.
The Empire of Necessity
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: Greg Grandin
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-05-01 - Publisher: Simon and Schuster

SHORTLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION 2014 Discover the story of a real-life Captain Ahab of the slave trade, in a landmark book by one of today’s most original and highly acclaimed historians One morning in 1805, off a remote island in the South Pacific, seal hunter and
Empire's Workshop
Language: en
Pages: 304
Authors: Greg Grandin
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006-05-02 - Publisher: Metropolitan Books

An eye-opening examination of Latin America's role as proving ground for U.S. imperial strategies and tactics In recent years, one book after another has sought to take the measure of the Bush administration's aggressive foreign policy. In their search for precedents, they invoke the Roman and British empires as well
Fordlandia
Language: en
Pages: 432
Authors: Greg Grandin
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-04-27 - Publisher: Metropolitan Books

The stunning, never before told story of the quixotic attempt to recreate small-town America in the heart of the Amazon In 1927, Henry Ford, the richest man in the world, bought a tract of land twice the size of Delaware in the Brazilian Amazon. His intention was to grow rubber,
Kissinger's Shadow
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: Greg Grandin
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-09-13 - Publisher: Picador

A new account of America's most controversial diplomat that moves beyond praise or condemnation to reveal Kissinger as the architect of America's current imperial stance In this fascinating book Kissinger's Shadow, acclaimed historian Greg Grandin argues that to understand the crisis of contemporary America—its never-ending wars abroad and political polarization

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