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Pockets of interest among the confusing style
on 9 February 2017
To be honest I found this book hard to read. I think I would have found it a lot easier had Schama worked through US History chronologically as the book tended to jump around. There was next to nothing on the Colonial period as it jumps to the Civil war, you then find out this was because Schama was meeting with a descendent of a general who fought in it at the polls, then its on to Civil rights and then back to Clinton, Obama and beyond. I would have found it far more coherent and a better read had it followed a structure through the ages, not interspersed with chapters on personal reflection, experiences, and then off to talking about religion in America, The Puritans, Charles I and then back to Civil Rights.