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Geoffrey Owen Cobb Presents Rise and Fall of the Sugar King

    01/18/2018 - 7:00pm

    Join us for an evening with local favorite and historian Geoffrey Cobb for the story of the sugar empire that helped to build Williamsburg as we know it. 

    About the Author:

    Geoffrey Cobb is a Brooklyn high school history teacher with more than two decades of experience. He is also the author of two other histories of Brooklyn, Greenpoint Brooklyn's Forgotten Past and The King of Greenpoint. Mr. Cobb also writes for the Irish Echo, Irish America Magazine, and the blog Greenpointers.com. His reasearch has been featured in the New York Times. 

    About the Book:

    The history of Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the rise of the American sugar industry are so intertwined that it is impossible to separate them. The Havemeyer family built the world's largest sugar refinery that would be renamed Domino, but also constructed a sugar empire that made Henry Havemeyer one of the richest and most powerful men in America. This book chronicles Henry Havemeyer's ascent and reign as the "Sugar King" of the United States. It is a tale of greed, crime, wealth, power and corruption, but it is also the story of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Rise and Fall of the Sugar King, based on extensive historical research, recounts the lives of a half dozen Williamsburg residents during the years from 1844 to 1909.

    The Rise and Fall of the Sugar King: A History of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 1844-1909 Cover Image
    $16.00
    ISBN: 9781978415461
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - October 19th, 2017

    The history of Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the rise of the American sugar industry are so intertwined that it is impossible to separate them. The Havemeyer family built the world's largest sugar refinery that would be renamed Domino, but also constructed a sugar empire that made Henry Havemeyer one of the richest and most powerful men in America.