From the acclaimed author of Fordlandia, the story of a remarkable slave rebellion that illuminates America' s struggle with slavery and freedom during the Age of Revolution and beyond
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. 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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Good book, terrible narrator
No. In fact, since I so disliked the narrator, I couldn't even make it through part one. and , after several trials, gave up. Instead, I ordered the book from Amazon.
I've long been a fan of Melville's "Benito Cerino," a novella based on this fascinating historical incident. The author recounts the incident in detail, then expands the scope to include a novel view of the slave trade and traces the ultimately intertwining narratives of the story's three main characters.
Mr. Moreno reads in phrases, not sentences. Though he has a good voice, his delivery is halting and uncertain, resulting in strange (and quickly annoying) word emphasis and phrasing. Frankly, I've listened to hundred of audio books, and he is clearly the worst I've heard.
Yes, though I couldn't truly devote all those hours given the book's length. In truth, I couldn't take more than 20 minutes of the narration at a time.
- Richard Boling