David Rieff

David Rieff is the author of many books including, most recently, The Reproach of Hunger: Food, Justice and Money in the 21st Century. He lives in New York City.
In Praise of Forgetting
David Rieff poses hard questions about whether remembrance has – or indeed ever could – inoculate the present against repeating the crimes of the past. Collective remembrance can be toxic, he argues, and sometimes it may be more moral to forget. Ranging widely across some of the defining horrors of modern times – the Irish Troubles, the white settlement of Australia, the American Civil War, the Balkan Wars, the Holocaust and 9/11 – Rieff presents a pellucid examination of the us...