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Greg Grandin

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Greg Grandin is the author of Fordlandia, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A Professor of History at New York University, Grandin has published a number of other award-winning books, including Empire's Workshop, The Last Colonial Massacre, and The Blood of Guatemala.

Toni Morrison called Grandin's new work, The Empire of Necessity, "compelling, brilliant and necessary." Based on years of research on four continents, the book narrates the history of a slave-ship revolt that inspired Herman Melville's other masterpiece, Benito Cereno. Philip Gourevitch describes it as a "rare book in which the drama of the action and the drama of ideas are equally measured, a work of histor

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Fordlandia: The Rise and Fa...

3.61 avg rating — 3,114 ratings — published 2009 — 12 editions
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Empire's Workshop: Latin Am...

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The End of the Myth: From t...

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The Empire of Necessity: Sl...

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Kissinger's Shadow: The Lon...

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The Last Colonial Massacre:...

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The Blood of Guatemala: A H...

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The Guatemala Reader: Histo...

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A Century of Revolution: In...

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Who Is Rigoberta Menchu?

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“All told, U.S. allies in Central America during Reagan's two terms killed over 300,000 people, tortured hundreds of thousands, and drove millions into exile.”
Greg Grandin, Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism

“IT WOULD BE tempting to read the story of Fordlandia and Belterra as a parable of arrogance,”
Greg Grandin, Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City

“In December 1981, the American-trained Atlacatl Battalion began its systemic execution of over 750 civilians in the Salvadoran village of El Mozote, including hundreds of children under the age of 12. The soldiers were thorough and left only one survivor. At first they stabbed and decapitated their victims, but they turned to machine guns when the hacking grew too tiresome (a decade later, an exhumation team digging through the mass graves found hundreds of bullets with head stamps indicating that the ammunition was manufactured in Lake City, Missouri, for the U.S. government).”
Greg Grandin, Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism



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