The American Future by Simon Schama audiobook

The American Future

By Simon Schama
Read by Rupert Degas

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15.98 Hours Unabridged
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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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“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.”

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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 New York Times bestselling author
“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
The American Future demonstrates once again that Schama is a quick study, a writer of gorgeous prose, and that he has a deep and clear-eyed love for his adopted land.” Washington Post
“Schama's wide-ranging narratives wander between contemporary reportage…and fluent, richly literate history. He's alive to irony and hypocrisy in the American story…but Schama is optimistic that the nation's perennial openness and complexity can see it through the storm clouds ahead.” Publishers Weekly
“Schama is a genius of storytelling…A historian who radiates such anticipated pleasure is a rare thing. We are lucky to have him.” Times (London)
“An optimistic work that asserts the inherent strengths of American optimism and commitment to democratic ideals.” Booklist
“Schama is a masterful stylist and storyteller.” Boston Globe

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Author

Author Bio: Simon Schama

Author Bio: Simon Schama

Simon Schama is a professor of art history and history at Columbia University and is the author of numerous award-winning books; his history Rough Crossings won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. He has been a cultural essayist for the New Yorker and has written and presented more than thirty documentaries for the BBC, PBS, and the History Channel, including The Power of Art, which won the 2007 International Emmy for Best Arts Programming.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 15.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English