Search Results: "Simon Schama"


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NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2006

"An important contribution to the history of the Revolution, and of slavery in America."
Was the England of King George less racist than the America of George Washington? Yes, for which reason thousands of Africans and African-Americans cast their lot with England when revolution came. Read full book review >

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PATRIOTS AND LIBERATORS by Simon Schama
Released: April 1, 1977

"It is always good news when a traditional subject of footnotes is made into a major, rewarding study; Schama's final judgments will draw challenge, while his demonstration that the spirit of the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age survived in revolutionary form is an important (and delightfully written) contribution."
The Netherlands was more than a pawn of the French during this period, argues an Oxford and Cambridge student of J. H. Plumb in this broad, profuse, yet tightly organized work; the Dutch strove mightily for independence until finally crushed by Napoleonic designs. Read full book review >

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THE AMERICAN FUTURE by Simon Schama
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Released: May 19, 2009

"Ambitious historical examination of what it means to be an American."
The noted British historian examines current American attitudes through the lens of U.S. history. Read full book review >

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LANDSCAPE AND MEMORY by Simon Schama
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Released: April 24, 1995

"Wearing his erudition lightly, Schama effortlessly juggles a landslide of material and presents his tale with the captivating, inviting intimacy of a gifted storyteller."
With this fascinating, encyclopedic survey of cultural landscapes, Schama (Dead Certainties, 1991, etc.) demonstrates once again just why he holds a charmed place in the literature of historical interpretation. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"This is familiar ground all the way, and Schama brings little new scholarship to it. Still, he is a lucid and trustworthy guide to the British past, and readers new to the subject will find this an attractive introduction and overview."
The spry second installment of Schama's projected three-volume history of the Sceptred Isle (the first volume not reviewed). Read full book review >

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CITIZENS: A Chronicle of the French Revolution by Simon Schama
NON-FICTION
Released: March 31, 1989

"In all, a refreshing vision narrated in a passionate style, without sacrifice of detail."
Schama (History/Harvard), author of Patriots and Liberators: Revolution in the Netherlands 1780-1813 and The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age, offers an epic new history of the French Revolution in honor of this year's bicentenary. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2011

"A mixed bag, but with rewards for fans of Schama's scholarly tours de force, such as The Embarrassment of Riches (1987) and Landscape and Memory (1995)."
Historian and UK TV personality Schama (Art History and History/Columbia Univ.; The American Future: A History, 2009, etc.) gathers scattered pieces, mostly journalistic, blending scholarship and pop culture. Read full book review >

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REMBRANDT'S EYES by Simon Schama
Released: Nov. 17, 1999

"For those trying to understand Rembrandt and his art, this book—combining dispassionate scholarship with an obvious delight in its subject's brilliance—is simply a must."
An elegantly written, rewardingly exhaustive survey of the life, work, and world of the 17th-century Dutch master. Read full book review >

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Released: May 31, 1987

"A lavish compilation of 325 photographs (not seen) illustrates the text."
Scholarly, exhaustively researched, packed with highly esoteric information, this massive study is less daunting than it might seem at first glance, thanks to Schama's lively writing style and his eye for the colorful and thought-provoking detail. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 18, 2014

"A multifaceted story artfully woven by an expert historian."
Witty, nimble and completely in his element, Schama (History and Art History/Columbia Univ.; Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and My Mother, 2011, etc.), in a book tie-in to a PBS and BBC series, fashions a long-planned "labor of love" that nicely dovetails the biblical account with the archaeological record. Read full book review >

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TWO ROTHSCHILDS AND THE LAND OF ISRAEL by Simon Schama
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1978

"Meanwhile the Baron evolves from a 'benevolent onlooker' to an 'active accomplice'; and, with Schama's thoroughly documented, incisively written account, he and his family take theft significant places in Israeli history."
In an attempt to rectify Zionist history, Simon Schama has re-examined the role of Baron Edmond de Rothschild and his son James in the Jewish settlement of Palestine—and, inseparably, the record of the two agencies they set up to channel their philanthropic contributions into specific projects. Read full book review >

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DEAD CERTAINTIES by Simon Schama
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 1991

"An imaginative, spellbinding work that reminds us that history is more art than science."
Here Schama (Citizens, 1989, etc.; History/Harvard) compellingly re-creates two historic deaths, both linked to the Parkman dynasty of Boston, by these contrasting re-creations and explores "the teasing gap separating a lived event and its subsequent narration." Read full book review >