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The American Future by Simon Schama
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Aug 14, 10

really liked it
Read in August, 2010

Schama is, without a doubt, one of the more accessible and relatable historians of today. In the "American Future" Schama delves into America's past to try and explain the current state of affairs in the US. Some of the topics he discusses at length include religion, immigration, politics and race; and all with the wit and originality of any Schama work. He discusses all of these subjects by examining little known parts of American history, such as a notable African-American female preacher from the 1700's who amassed quite a following. Schama also strives to present the stories of those lesser-known Americans that persevered in the face of hardship and the status quo to do what they knew in their heart to be right and to affect a difference on our society.

This book was written for an English audience as it has a companion tv series produced by the BBC. However, other than a few esoteric English phrases, this is a wonderful, insightful book for any American. I highly recommend this or any of Schama's work.

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