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.More
Renowned historian Simon Schama uses the election of 2008 as a springboard to discuss America's future as shaped by stories of its past. He examines the ideals and the problems of the country's formative years up through 2008 and how the nation became ideologically divided to the point where that year represented a dramatic crossroads and history was made. Accomplished British voice actor Rupert Degas brings the history to life, his clear diction and powerful voice invoking the magnitude of the election of Barack Obama. For an interesting perspective that puts some of the elements of the American story into a narrative that includes the good and the bad but looks forward with hope toward the future.
"A lively meditation on American history... Schama's wide-ranging narratives wander between contemporary reportage...and fluent, richly literate history." (Publishers Weekly)
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Simon Schama is always entertaining
- D. Littman "history buff"
Unabashedly liberal attempt at objectivity