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‘Simon Schama writes with grace and wit, and his enthusiasms are contagious.’ Anita Brookner
‘Schama is one of the few historians writing today who can recreate the mentalité of another culture.’ Jonathan Miller
‘One reads it all with mounting enjoyment and at the end one’s sense of Dutch civilisation in the Golden Age of Rembrandt and van Diemen is not just salted and enriched – but remade.’ Robert Hughes
‘This is history on the grand scale, and like all generously conceived historical works leaves us reflecting about the present as well as the past.’ John Gross, New York Times
‘Seldom has a people opened its doors so wide. A performance on the epic scale.’ Independent
Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. He is the author of 'Patriots and Liberators', which won the Wolfson Prize for History, 'The Embarrassment of Riches', 'Citizens' which won the 1990 NCR book award for non-fiction, 'Dead Certainties', 'Landscape and Memory' which won the W H Smith Literary Award in 1995, and 'Rembrandt's Eyes' (1999). He is also the author of the monumental 'History of Britain' published in three volumes. He was art critic of the 'New Yorker' from 1995 to 1998 and was made CBE in the 2001 New Year's Honours list.
somewhat heavy going - but immensly informative about the Golden Age - Dutch CulturePublished 4 months ago by Vreny Samuel
Turned up on time and was in excellent condition.Would use againPublished 8 months ago by Transplanter
The book content was all that I had expected it to be. Content was excellent. Frankly I do not see what else is needed in this review.Published 10 months ago by Mrs C M Chidley
Schama is always accessible and a delight, he makes learning and understanding easy. This text is no different. A useful adjunct to more weighty tombsPublished 18 months ago by Miss Lynn Mead
This is not a novel, history book or even a thesis; rather it is a compendium of academic-style reviews of selected aspects of Dutch culture, but with very little reference to the... Read morePublished on 18 Sept. 2011 by cloneboy
Massive and rambling, this is a history book without very finely drawn parameters. Schama, in my reading, wanted to cover the whole of a unique humanist culture - tolerant,... Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2011 by rob crawford