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    DescriptionOne 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. Having earlier seized control of the vessel and slaughtered most of the crew, they were staging an elaborate ruse, acting as if they were humble servants. When Delano, an idealistic, anti-slavery republican, finally realized the deception, he responded with explosive violence. Drawing on research on four continents, The Empire of Necessity explores the multiple forces that culminated in this extraordinary event - an event that already inspired Herman Melville's masterpiece Benito Cereno. Now historian Greg Grandin, with the gripping storytelling that was praised in Fordlandia, uses the dramatic happenings of that day to map a new transnational history of slavery in the Americas, capturing the clash of peoples, economies, and faiths that was the New World in the early 1800s.


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    Title
    The Empire of Necessity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Greg Grandin
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 594 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780805094534
    ISBN 10: 0805094539
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL, HBTM
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    BIC subject category V2: HBTS
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ERLY18
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QSPS
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP020
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/BLAHIS
    BISAC V2.8: SOC054000, HIS038000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JH, 1QSPS
    DC22: 306.3/6209809034
    LC classification: HT1121 .G73 2013
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 306.36209809
    DC23: 909.091648
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    BISAC region code: 5.0.0.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: NHTM, NHTS
    Illustrations note
    38 black-&-white photos in two 8-page inserts, & 2 maps
    Publisher
    Henry Holt & Company Inc
    Imprint name
    Metropolitan Books (imprint of Henry Holt & Company)
    Publication date
    17 February 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    Greg Grandin is the author of "Fordlandia," a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, as well as "Empire's Workshop" and "The Blood of Guatemala." A professor of history at New York University and a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Public Library's Cullman Center, Grandin has served on the UN Truth Commission investigating the Guatemalan Civil War and has written for the "Los Angeles Times," "The Nation," "New Statesman," and "The New York Times."
    Review quote
    "New York Times" Editor's Choice"San Francisco Chronicle" Recommended Book"Engrossing, well researched and beautifully written . . . A rigorously sourced work of scholarship with a suspenseful narrative structure that boomerangs back and forth through time. Grandin has delivered a page-turner. You read it as if it were a thriller novel by Scott Turow or Lee Child."--"Chicago Tribune"""The Empire of Necessity" is scholarship at its best. Greg Grandin's deft penetration into the marrow of the slave industry is compelling, brilliant and necessary."--Toni Morrison"Engaging, richly informed . . . Mr. Grandin ranges so freely through history that his book has a zigzagging course, like a schooner tacking constantly with the wind. But the voyage he takes us on is hardly directionless."." . . he describes his unsettling panorama in a restrained manner, avoiding exaggeration and allowing facts--many of them horrific--to tell the story. In doing so, he has produced a quietly powerful account that Melville himself would have admired."--"Wall Street Journal""A great and moving story."--"Washington Post""Elegant . . . a wonder of power, precision and sheer reading pleasure . . . Grandin takes readers on a tour of the hell of the slave trade, a tour so revelatory and compelling, we readers, unlike Captain Delano, can't fail to see the truth before our eyes."--"Maureen Corrigan, NPR's "Fresh Air"""Powerful . . . a remarkable feat of research . . . a significant contribution to the largely impossible yet imperative effort to retrieve some trace of the countless lives that slavery consumed."--Andrew Delbanco, the "New York Times Book Review""An exciting and illuminating narrative . . . Grandin's pen is exquisite, the descriptions are lively and sensuous. But he is also deeply reflective. The book has import that extends beyond the interest of the story." --"San Francisco Chronicle ""I can't say enough good things abou