Land (book)


Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World
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AuthorSimon Winchester
Publication date
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.


Critical reception

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.[1] Writing for the New York Times, Aaron Retica criticized the book for not "[coming] together" due to its lack of an identifiable thesis.[2] In the Financial Times, Delphine Strauss did identify a thesis to the book: that most disputes are fundamentally about land.[3]

Literary review aggregator Book Marks noted that reviews of the novel were mostly "Positive".[4]


  1. ^ Cantú, Francisco (11 January 2021). "Human History and the Hunger for Land". The New Yorker. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  2. ^ Retica, Aaron (22 January 2021). "Looking at History Through the Deadly Conflicts Over Territory". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  3. ^ Strauss, Delphine (21 January 2021). "Land by Simon Winchester — history of the landed and the dispossession". The Financial Times. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World". Book Marks. Literary Hub. Retrieved 22 January 2021.