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This review is from: The American Future: A History From The Founding Fathers To Barack Obama (Paperback)
I share many of Sirin's reservations regarding this book; the TV series was incisive, well-structured and showed best Schama's eloquent and well-informed raconteur style; the book however does not support his skills in the same way and appears to be a victim of the necessity to have a book out as well as a DVD. The choice of material is interesting and provides some hitherto less well-known aspects of the American experience but the style of the language is dense/compressed, not all that easy to "read" and rather off-putting; I had to put it down a number of times, perhaps because I made the mistake of reading this at night! The DVD serves Schama's talents significantly better.