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Author: Sven Beckert Narrator: Jim Frangione Publisher: Highbridge Audio Audio Length: Release Date: December 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781622316335

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From the beginning, the empire of cotton was a fulcrum of constant global struggle between slaves and planters, merchants and statesmen, farmers and merchants, workers and factory owners. A historian weaves together the story of cotton with how the presen

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  • “Masterly…Gives new insight into the relentless expansion of global capitalism. With graceful prose and a clear and compelling argument, Beckert not only charts the expansion of cotton capitalism…he addresses the conditions of enslaved workers in the fields and wage workers in the factories. An astonishing achievement. "

    - New York Times
  • “Empire of Cotton proves Sven Beckert one of the new elite of genuinely global historians…The writing is elegant, and the use of both primary and secondary sources is impressive and varied. Overviews on international trends alternate with illuminating, memorable anecdotes.”

    - Washington Post
  • “Momentous and brilliant…Empire of Cotton is among the best nonfiction books of this year.”

    - Newsday
  • “Persuasive…brilliant… Beckert’s detailed narrative never scants the rich complexity of the cotton trade’s impact on many different societies.”

    - Boston Globe
  • “Intellectually ambitious…a masterpiece of the historian’s craft.”

    - Nation
  • “It fostered ‘war capitalism’ among European nations. It helped launch the industrial revolution in England. It drove slavery. The story of cotton is the story of modern capitalism…for better or worse.”

    - Amazon.com, editorial review
  • “Hefty, informative, and engaging…Beckert’s narrative skills keep the story of capitalism fresh and interesting for all readers.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “Narrator Jim Frangione can’t make international spindle count comparisons dramatic, but he makes business concepts understandable. At the same time, he relishes more interesting topics like family business dynasties…Frangione ably delivers a solid primer on economics and capitalism.”

    - AudioFile
  • “A highly detailed, provocative work.”

    - Booklist
  • “His close-up study of the cotton economy is a valuable model for the study of capitalism generally, an economic system in which slavery and colonialism were not outliers but instead integral to the whole…a valuable contribution.”

    - Kirkus Reviews


  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Winner of the Bancroft Prize
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for December 2014
  • A 2015 New York Times Top 10 Book
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • Finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for History

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About the Author

Sven Beckert is the Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University. Holding a PhD from Columbia University, he has written widely on the economic, social, and political history of capitalism. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including, from Harvard Business School, the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. He was also a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

About the Narrator

Jim Frangione is an actor and audiobook narrator who won AudioFile magazine’s 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense for his reading of Philip Carter’s The Altar of Bones and Spencer Quinn’s To Fetch a Thief. He has won numerous Earphones Awards and has been was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His theater credits include the off-Broadway production of Scrambled Eggs and the New York premiere of David Mamet’s plays The Old Neighborhood, Romance, and Oleanna, in which he also performed with the national tour. His film and television appearances include Joy, Transamerica, Spartan, Heist, Brotherhood, The Unit, and Law & Order.