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Conversations from the Cullman Center: Greg Grandin and Philip Gourevitch

January 30, 2014

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Greg Grandin talks about his new book, The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World, with Philip Gourevitch.

Greg Grandin is a Professor of History at New York University and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His books include The Last Colonial Massacre, Empire’s Workshop, The Blood of Guatemala, and Fordlandia, which was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and a National Book Critic Circles Award. His new book, The Empire of Necessity, is a riveting, deeply-researched account of the slave revolt that inspired Herman Melville’s Benito Cereno.


Philip Gourevitch, a staff writer at The New Yorker, is a former editor of The Paris Review and the author of three books: The Ballad Of Abu Ghraib [Standard Operating Procedure], A Cold Case, and We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, which won, among other prizes, a National Book Critics Circle Award and The New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award. His writings have been translated into more than a dozen languages.