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The American Future: A History

5 Ratings: 2.6
A book by Simon Schama

Starred Review. 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 campaign, historian Schama (NBCC-award winner forRough … see full wiki

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Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: Ecco
5 reviews about The American Future: A History
review by . May 16, 2009
Schama, better known for his histories of England (three volumes to cover the full sweep) and the French Revolution, meanders through American history to find clues to America's future. The narrative wanders backwards and forwards through history to give Schama leeway to talk about wars, religion, race, and immigration and how they shaped the America we live in today.     But there is little effort to draw the threads within a topic together into a cogent directed argument, so …
review by . October 11, 2009
Simon Schama is a cultural historian whose approach here is to look at a situation now in order to see how it bears within it the marks of a complex and ambiguous past. This is perhaps the only way to get a glimpse of the future made possible by current events.     His starting point is what he sees as a turning point in American history: a historic election in which an African American appears, for the very first time, to be a serious contender for the White House. Simon Schama …
review by . June 22, 2009
All too often historians focus on one era or one theme to the exclusion of much else. While such focus is fine for readers bent on feeding a special interest or with time to read widely and build their personal world view with accumulated bricks of knowledge, we are well served by those writers who manage to compass a longer, broader view of the world's ways.    Simon Schama has served up a masterly history of the American experience in his latest book. Threading vignettes of …
review by . May 08, 2009
I must confess that I am pretty big fan of history, American history is many times underrated because there is only a little over a couple hundred years of it. This in the grand scheme of things isn't a lot, not compared to world history. My personal interest in American history as well as other social study issues sky rocketed when I began (and attained) my Master's degree in social sciences. So when I saw this book I thought it would be so cool to read. A modern spin and take on where American …
review by . May 08, 2009
Simon Schama is a very intelligent, articulate, charismatic sort of man. He has this amazing ability to make history, and even current events, come alive in a way that really surpasses all others.    I first saw him doing this in A History of Britain - The Complete Collection, where he brought British history to life for me in a way I'd never really experienced before. Now he does the same with the seminal 2008 Presidental Election.    Though it was less than …
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