Virtual Event: Simon Winchester


How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World

in conversation with LINDA GREENHOUSE

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January 27, 2021
7:00 PM


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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes beloved, bestselling writer SIMON WINCHESTER—author of The Professor and the Madman, Krakatoa, and The Perfectionists—for a discussion of his latest, highly anticipated book, Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World. He will be joined in conversation by Pulitzer Prize–winning legal journalist LINDA GREENHOUSE.


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About Land

Land—whether meadow or mountainside, desert or peat bog, parkland or pasture, suburb or city—is central to our existence. It quite literally underlies and underpins everything. Employing the keen intellect, insatiable curiosity, and narrative verve that are the foundations of his previous bestselling works, Simon Winchester examines what we human beings are doing—and have done—with the billions of acres that together make up the solid surface of our planet.

Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World examines in depth how we acquire land, how we steward it, how and why we fight over it, and finally, how we can, and on occasion do, come to share it. Ultimately, Winchester confronts the essential question: who actually owns the world’s land—and why does it matter?

Praise for Land

"The latest sweeping, satisfying popular history from the British American author and journalist, this time covering a topic that many of us take for granted . . . Engaging revelations about land and property, often discouraging but never dull." —Kirkus Reviews

Linda Greenhouse
Linda Greenhouse

Linda Greenhouse

Linda Greenhouse is a senior research scholar at Yale Law School, where she has taught since 2009. She was the Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times for 30 years, winning a Pulitzer Prize for her work, and currently writes a twice-monthly op ed column for the Times on the Supreme Court. In her extracurricular life, she is president of the American Philosophical Society, the country’s oldest learned society, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743. She is the author of five books, including Becoming Justice Blackmun; The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction; and Just a Journalist.

Simon Winchester
Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Men Who United the States, The Map That Changed the World, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa, all of which were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He resides in western Massachusetts.

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