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Greg Grandin

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Greg Grandin

Greg Grandin

Greg Grandin teaches history at New York University and is the author of Fordlandia, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history. His new book, The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World, will be published in January.


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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.

Así fue como el hombre que es comparado en Estados Unidos con Stalin sumó en silencio fuerzas con la administración del hombre a quien acababa de llamar Satán, con el noble objetivo de hacer un poco más fácil la vida de los más pobres de América.

Yes, the Venezuelan president could be a strongman. But he leaves behind what might be called the most democratic country in the Western Hemisphere.

How a CIA torture network was turned into the only gulag-free zone on earth.


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In El Salvador, Barack Obama pays tribute to Oscar Romero.
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Obama asks for Brazil’s help in solving US domestic problems, but offers little in return.
NPR's Pravda-like headline tells the story before it actually happened.
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