The American Future by Simon Schama
A History

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“With eloquence, wit, passion, and irony, The American Future traces the history of an idea: that of our national destiny….A book of beautiful writing, peppered with wisecracks, slashed with rapier thrusts.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

 

A De Tocqueville for the 21st century, Simon Schama, NBCC Award winning author of  Rough Crossings offers an essential, historical, long view analysis of the American character in The American Future. Shama examines four themes—war, race and faith, immigration, and custodianship of the land—through the prism of the historic 2008 presidential election in a magnificent work that the Wall Street Journal calls a “celebration of American resiliency.” Niall Ferguson says, “I hope Obama will have this book on his bedside table.”
 

About Simon Schama

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Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York. His award-winning books include The American Future: A History; National Book Critics Circle Award-winner Rough Crossings; The Power of Art; The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age; Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution; Dead Certainties (Unwarranted Speculations); Landscape and Memory; Rembrandt's Eyes; and the History of Britain trilogy. He has written and presented forty television documentary films for the BBC, PBS, and the History Channel-including the Emmy Award-winning Power of Art-on subjects that range from John Donne to Tolstoy.
 
Published May 12, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 434 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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Past performance may not guarantee future returns, but it's the best we have to go on, contends this lively meditation on American history. Looking back from the tumultuous 2008 election campa

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The New York Times

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Simon Schama’s mischievously titled “American Future: A History” is a book for flag wavers, a full-throated celebration of the red, white and blue.

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The New York Times

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Written in full de Tocquevillean mode, the British historian Simon Schama's Big Book about America is best when it abandons its election-year campaign tour to search out characters from the buried mounds of history.

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Five hours after listening to this I can tell you a great deal about the Louisiana Purchase, the Chinese railroad builders, a New England military family called Meigs who have fought in every major American battle from Bull Run to Desert Storm, and quote from the 1894 Immigration Restriction Leag...

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