The American Future: A History

The American Future: A History

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By (author) Simon Schama

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  • Publisher: Ecco Press
  • Format: Hardback | 416 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 234mm x 41mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0060539232
  • ISBN 13: 9780060539238
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 1,000,250

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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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"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