Dan Gretton is a writer, activist and teacher. In 1983 he co-founded the pioneering political arts organisation Platform, in Cambridge, where he studied English literature. As well as working with Platform over many years on the human rights and environmental impacts of corporations, he has also developed radical initiatives in adult education and has lectured internationally on the subject of the 'desk killer'. After more than a decade of research, aided by a major award from the Lannan Foundation, he embarked on the writing of I You We Them. He currently divides his time between north-west Wales and east London, where he shares his garden with a family of foxes.
A shockingly important and incisive book. -- David Olusoga I You We Them is a uniquely gripping journey around the landscapes of mass murder. -- Phillipe Sands, author of East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity Not since Gitta Sereny's vast script of Into That Darkness arrived on my desk have I read anything so disturbing as the early draft of Dan Gretton's book. I was shaken to the core by his brilliant treatment of the Wannsee meeting... The book seemed to be humming with life... much more alive than anything I've read for ages... I'm certainly grateful for having been given the chance to read this amazing work. Great books never occur out of a desire for greatness, but often out of a possessed persistence in the face of a chosen and immensely difficult task. This is such a book. In it, through it, a century speaks to us - not with the thunderous voice of History, but in the intimate voice of a sequence of confessions. A book of extraordinary importance and urgency - we need this book now. For its determined, passionate, and vulnerable seeking; for its insistence on what matters. Climate catastrophe tells us the reach of the desk killer has never been greater. We must take the hope and political will in this book as our own: forged in darkness and therefore - inextinguishable.