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To coincide with the US elections of 2008 comes this refreshing antidote to the whir of sensationalist spin and scandal, measuring up to the seriousness of the moment without diluting the excitement of campaign politics. After 9/11, after Katrina, Enron and Baghdad, the robustness of American optimism is struggling to reassert itself against the sobering reality of military frustration and domestic anxieties. This is an America grappling with an un-American sense of its own limits. Turning to fascinating moments in American history to understand the present, connecting legendary presences such as Thomas Jefferson, Henry Ford, Mark Twain and General Lucius Clay with contemporary soldiers, businessmen, truckers, schoolteachers and (even) politicians, this series offers a timely and gripping vision of the United States - past and present - facing its moment of truth.]]>
It is always enlightening to see how the United States is viewed by other countries. I enjoyed "A History of Britain" presented by Simon Schama in which he quite objectively... Read morePublished on July 27, 2012 by Stephen W. Moore
They lost the sale for me the minute I read in the synopsis that Barack Obama is America's best hope for restoring the world's faith in our government. Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by M. Pizzullo
Doesn't any one notice that Amazon may be the only company that acts against its own self interest and publishes reviews that may stop a sale? Read morePublished on January 28, 2010 by Raymond I. Spangler
I agree with Mark bennett "Mark" and wish I could have read it as fast as his four hours, I wasted 12 hours,Published on August 24, 2009 by John P. Durbin
While presented as a "history of the american future", this work in reality is little more than strong political advocacy. Read morePublished on April 8, 2009 by Mark bennett
Once again, Simon Schama does what he does best: tell a good story in an engrossing, firm way that makes you pay attention to what he's saying. Read morePublished on March 30, 2009 by Robert Lee Landrum Jr.
I was surprised that I enjoyed this DVD as much as I did. It was great. The reason I bought it is that my son's band has a small part in it so of course I bought it for that but... Read morePublished on March 7, 2009 by Mom-Mawmaw Vickie
Simon Schama's The American Future: A History
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I disagree with one of the other reviewers here who seems to take great offense at some of Schama's observations about America. Read morePublished on January 29, 2009 by GhostDeep