The American Future

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The American Future

A History

By Simon Schama

Ecco Press, Hardcover, 9780060539238, 416pp.

Publication Date: May 19, 2009

Description
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 InquirerA 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.


Praise For The American Future

“Schama is a genius of storytelling. . . . A historian who radiates such anticipated pleasure is a rare thing. We are lucky to have him.”
-The Times (London)

“It is a tribute to Mr. Schama’s talent that he is able to make this work sound exciting, even inspiring. . . . The American Future is a success because Mr. Schama knows how to entwine past and present into a meaningful, continuous whole.”
-New York Times

“With eloquence, wit, passion and irony, The American Future traces the history of an idea: that of our national destiny. . . . Schama’s is a book of beautiful writing, peppered with wisecracks, slashed with rapier thrusts.”
-Philadelphia Inquirer

“Schama is a masterful stylist and storyteller.”
-Boston Globe

“A lively meditation on American history . . . Schama’s wide-ranging narratives wander between contemporary reportage . . . and fluent, richly literate history.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“It has its own particular charm . . . a fabulous jumble-sale, full of old treasures and recent acquisitions. Anyone interested in America will find in it something to their fancy.”
-The Economist

“As a literary endeavor, The American Future does live up to the author’s lofty standards. Schama is, among other things, a nimble biographer...[and] a writer of gorgeous prose.”
-Washington Post

“His historical narrative is excellent. . . . [Schama] writes beautifully about Americans of the past.”
-Miami Herald

“His specialty is finding interesting midlevel characters from the buried mounds of history and telling their stories. In the first great chunk of the book, he tells the stories of the Meigses...gripping portraits...Simon Schama the outstanding historian still survives.”
-David Brooks, New York Times Book Review

“I hope Obama will have this book on his bedside table. A more inspiring evocation of the spirit of liberal America—past, present and future—does not exist.”
-Niall Ferguson