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The American Future: A History

Schama, Simon

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ISBN 10: 0060539232 / ISBN 13: 9780060539238
Published by Ecco [HarperCollingsPublishers], New York, NY, 2009
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First edition. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. xii, [1] 400, [2] p. Illustrations. Bibliography. Index. Schama, an acclaimed historian and award-winning author, offers an essential, outsider's perspective on the crucial 2008 presidential election and its importance for reclaiming America's original ideal. From Wikipedia: "Simon Michael Schama, CBE (born 13 February 1945) is a British historian specialising in art history, Dutch history, and French history. He is a University Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University, New York. He first came to popular public attention with his history of the French Revolution titled Citizens, published in 1989. In the United Kingdom, he is perhaps best known for writing and hosting the 15-part BBC television documentary series A History of Britain broadcast between 2000 and 2002." Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. Pencil erasure residue on fep. DJ has slight wear and soiling. First U.S. Edition [stted]. First printing [stated]. Bookseller Inventory # 69033

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Title: The American Future: A History

Publisher: Ecco [HarperCollingsPublishers], New York, NY

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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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.”

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Acclaimed historian and award-winning author Simon Schama offers an essential historical perspective on the crucial 2008 presidential election and its importance for reclaiming America's original ideal.

It's not business as usual. Cultural hostilities more irreconcilable than any since the Civil War have divided America in two. In November 2008, the American people elected a new president, feeling more anxious about the future of the nation than at any time since Watergate. Our omnipotent military, the cornucopia of material comforts available, the security of our borders, and the global economy can no longer be taken for granted.

In The American Future, historian Simon Schama takes a long look at the multiple crises besetting the United States and asks how these problems look in the mirror of time. In four crucial debates—on wars, religion, race and immigration, and the relationship between natural resources and prosperity—Schama looks back to see more clearly into the future. Full of lost insights, The American Future showcases Schama's acclaimed gift for storytelling, ensuring these voices will be heard again.

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