|January 19, 2021|
Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World is a 2021 book by Simon Winchester.
The book details different conceptions of land ownership and the history of land ownership. It also discusses conflicts stemming from disagreements over land.
Francisco Cantú's review in The New Yorker was mixed, praising Winchester's prose. However, Cantú noted a nostalgic tone that at times undercut the depictions of land appropriation and violence. Writing for the New York Times, Aaron Retica criticized the book for not "[coming] together" due to its lack of an identifiable thesis. In the Financial Times, Delphine Strauss did identify a thesis to the book: that most disputes are fundamentally about land.