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This review is from: The American Future: A History From The Founding Fathers To Barack Obama (Paperback)
I recently attended one of his lectures on the "Festival of Britain" and this lecturer and television personality is as enthusiastic in person as on the screen and it is this attitude in addition to his ability to approach subjects from a seemingly tangential but historically accurate perspective which captures attention. His broad brush approach linking a range of events to reach informative conclusions is fascinating. He breathes life into the historical personalities he chooses, a life which is essentially human as well as hisotrically important.
In this book, he covers America's birth to its current political, international and national identity in Barack Obama's presidency, trying to identify what the Americans themselves perceive - not always clearly - as the "American difference". Having lived in America for half of his life, he is in a good position to understand the differences they perceive.
Scholarly in approach, it is written in the first person, making it clear that it is it is a personal, subjective and, often, anecdotal, perspective.
Typical Schama - fascinating.