Greg Grandin (born 1962) is an American historian, and professor of history at New York University. He is author of a number of books, including Fordlândia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History, as well as for the National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award. A more recent book is entitled Who Is Rigoberta Menchú? and focuses on the treatment of the Nobel Peace Prize winner in the media. His latest book, The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World, is a study of the factual basis for the novella Benito Cereno by Herman Melville.
Eric Hobsbawm called The Last Colonial Massacre a "remarkable and extremely well-written work" that
is about more than the dark history of Guatemala and the Cold War in Latin America. It is about how common people discover politics. It is about the roots of democracy and those of genocide. It is about the hopes and defeats of the twentieth-century left. I could not put this book down.
Grandin has published widely on US foreign policy, the Cold War, and Latin American politics in The Nation, The New York Times, Harpers, the London Review of Books and TomDispatch.com. He has appeared on the Charlie Rose Show and has interviewed Naomi Klein and Hugo Chávez. In the summer of 2009, he reported from Honduras on that country's coup, appearing a number of times on Democracy Now! and Grit TV and writing a series of reports in The Nation and elsewhere on the consequences of the overthrow of Honduran president Manuel Zelaya.
Grandin worked as a consultant with the Historical Clarification Commission (Spanish: Comisión para el Esclarecimiento Histórico, or CEH), the Guatemalan truth commission, and has written a number of articles on its methodology, including its genocide ruling and its use of historical analysis. Grandin was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2010. Grandin was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in April 2010.
He lives in Brooklyn.
- The blood of Guatemala: a history of race and nation. Duke University Press. 2000. ISBN 978-0-8223-2495-9.
- The last colonial massacre: Latin America in the Cold War. University of Chicago Press. 2004. ISBN 978-0-226-30571-4.
- Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism. Macmillan. 2007. ISBN 978-0-8050-8323-1.
- Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City. Macmillan. 2010. ISBN 978-0-312-42962-1.
- Who Is Rigoberta Menchu?, Verso, 2011, ISBN 978-1-84467-458-9
- The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World, Metropolitan Books, 2014, ISBN 9780805094534
- Kissinger's Shadow: The Long Reach of America's Most Controversial Statesman, Metropolitan Books, 2015, ISBN 9781627794497
- Greg Grandin, Thomas Miller Klubock, eds. (2007). Truth Commissions: State Terror, History, and Memory. Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0-8223-6674-4.
- Greg Grandin, Gilbert M. Joseph, Emily S. Rosenberg, eds. (2010). A Century of Revolution. Duke University Press. ISBN 978-0-8223-4737-8.
- "NYU > History > Greg Grandin". History.fas.nyu.edu. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- "The National Book Foundation". Nationalbook.org. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- "National Book Critics Circle: 30 Books in 30 Days: Fordlandia, by Greg Grandin – Critical Mass Blog". Bookcritics.org. March 9, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/gift-guide/holiday-2009/100-notable-books-of-2009-gift-guide/list.html. Missing or empty
- "Briefly Noted: "A Year's Reading"". The New Yorker. August 1, 2011. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- Heller, Zoe (December 23, 2009). "Maureen Corrigan's Best Books Of 2009". NPR. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- Kenney, Michael (December 6, 2009). "Simply the best nonfiction". The Boston Globe.
- "Best Science Books 2009: San Francisco Chronicle : Confessions of a Science Librarian". Scienceblogs.com. January 6, 2010. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- "Our favorite nonfiction of 2009". Chicago Tribune. April 12, 2009.[dead link]
- "Interview with Greg Grandin author of The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War". Press.uchicago.edu. May 29, 1978. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- "Greg Grandin". The Nation. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
- Grandin, Greg (February 14, 2010). "Empire of Savagery in the Amazon". The New York Times.
- "The right quagmire: Searching history for an imperial alibi—By Greg Grandin (Harper's Magazine)". Harpers.org. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- "Greg Grandin reviews ‘Nixon and Kissinger’ by Robert Dallek and ‘Henry Kissinger and the American Century’ by Jeremi Suri". LRB. 29 November 2007. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- "Body Shock: A 40th Anniversary Conversation with". Naomi Klein. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- "October 12, 2009". The Nation. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- "Defying Coup Regime, Zelaya Attempts Return to Honduras". Democracynow.org. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- "GRITtv: Greg Grandin: Echoes of the 80s In Honduras". Free Speech TV. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521527503) (http://muse.jhu.edu/login?uri=/journals/nepantla/v001/1.2grandin.html
- Greg Grandin (February 2005). "The Instruction of Great Catastrophe: Truth Commissions, National History, and State Formation in Argentina, Chile, and Guatemala". The American Historical Review, 110.1. The History Cooperative. Archived from the original on September 3, 2006. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
- "2010 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, Drama and Music". The New York Times. April 12, 2010.
- Greg Grandin website
- Latin American Historian Greg Grandin on Colombia After Álvaro Uribe – video report by Democracy Now!
- Latin America v. Obama: U.S. Policy on Cuba, Drug War, Economy Under Fire at Colombian Summit - video report by Democracy Now!'
- "How the Iraq War Began in Panama": 1989 Invasion Set Path for Future U.S. Attacks (Full Interview) - video report by Democracy Now!'