Geoffrey Cobb is a Brooklyn-based historian and author
Promo for January 29th Reading MEDIA ALERT: Warren Lewis Sotheby’s International Realty hosts Book Talk with Geoffrey Cobb, author of The Rise and Fall of the Sugar King: A History of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 1844-1909 WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN (January 12, 2018) – Historian and author Geoffrey Cobb will be giving a book talk on his acclaimed biography chronicling the Havemeyer family sugar dynasty. Before the Donut Luxury Rentals, before Domino Sugar, before Williamsburgh dropped the “h,” the Havemeyer family built the world’s largest sugar refinery, and constructed a sugar empire that made Henry Havemeyer one of the richest and most powerful men in America. The history of Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the rise of the American sugar industry are so intertwined that it is impossible to separate them. 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. Mr Cobb brings his biography to life in an equally colorful lecture and slideshow. WHERE / WHEN: Warren Lewis Sotheby’s International Realty 299 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211 (at corner of S1 Street) Monday January 29th 2018 7pm. Please RSVP to reserve your seat and ensure we provide enough refreshments: https://www.facebook.com/events/189366421648462/ This event is curated and sponsored by Michael Kawochka of Warren Lewis Sotheby’s International Realty.