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Greg Grandin

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Greg Grandin

Greg Grandin

Greg Grandin is the author of Empire's Workshop, Fordlandia, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history and the National Book Award, and, most recently, The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World.   He teaches at New York University. 


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Rather than sizzle or suffocate, let us get on with imagining a new America.

From 1989 to 1990, thousands of civilians died and were buried in mass graves in President George H.W. Bush's search for one suspected drug trafficker.

Multiple commentaries from the journal show a pattern of making sure white people aren’t taken for total villains when discussing slavery.

He taught us how to live with loss, and he told us, over and over again, that other utopias are possible.

Slavery was the flywheel on which America’s market revolution turned—not just in the United States, but in all of the Americas.

The main characters in Melville’s Moby-Dick and Benito Cereno represent the dark, corrupting branches of American imperialism.  

The author's half-forgotten masterpiece, Benito Cereno, provides fascinating insight into issues of slavery, freedom, individualism—and Islamophobia.

How did the US-Mexican border become the place where the American past chokes on itself?

Despite a surprising showing by opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, Chavismo lives on. But can Nicolás Maduro hold it together?

In fourteen years, Chávez radically transformed Venezuela’s economy and society—and the majority of country loved him for it.


The late author influenced a whole generation of Latin American leftists. 
What the media don’t cover when Colombian women are raped by members of the US military.
Dozens of poor El Salvadorans were killed during the bishop’s funeral thirty five years ago.
The senator’s confusion over the smallpox vaccine is symptomatic of libertarian confusion over the history of slavery.
By declaring Venezuela a national security threat, Obama has actually strengthened president Maduro.
The government and the opposition do battle as ordinary Venezuelans weather an economic crisis.
The Fox News host's exaggerations are bad—but his failure to report on murders committed by US allies is even more disturbing.
President Michelle Bachelet is rolling back the legislative legacy of Pinochet.