The Empire of Necessity: The Untold History of a Slave Rebellion in the Age of Liberty

Oneworld Publications, 2015年3月25日 - 384 頁


One 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. In fact, they were performing an elaborate ruse, having risen up earlier and slaughtered most of the crew and officers. When Delano, an idealistic, anti-slavery republican, finally realized the deception--that the men and women he thought were humble slaves were actually running the ship--he rallied his crew to respond with explosive violence.
Drawing on research on four continents, "The Empire of Necessity" is the untold history of this extraordinary event and its bloody aftermath. Delano's blindness that day has already inspired one masterpiece--Herman Melville's "Benito Cereno." Now historian Greg Grandin returns to these dramatic events to paint an indelible portrait of a world in the throes of revolution, providing a new transnational history of slavery in the Americas--and capturing the clash of peoples, economies, and faiths that was the New World in the early 1800s.

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用戶評語  - Opinionated - LibraryThing

Of course, its not really an untold history. Its been told at least twice before - once by one of the participants, Amasa Delano, and a fictionalised version by Herman Melville, in his book Benito ... 閱讀評論全文

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用戶評語  - RhodestoRome - LibraryThing

This will be a short review as I am currently deployed and the internet connection here is tenuous at best. This was a highly entertaining and informative volume; Grandin does an excellent job of ... 閱讀評論全文

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關於作者 (2015)

Greg Grandin is author of Fordlandia, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A professor of history at New York University, he has written for the New Statesman, New York Times, and others, and has been a Guggenheim Fellow. He lives in New York.