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Sir Simon Michael Schama CBE FBA FRSL is an English historian specialising in art history, Dutch history, Jewish history and French history. He is a University Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University, New York. He first came to public attention with his history of the French Revolution titled Citizens, published in 1989.
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American Scripture
Making the Declaration of Independence
by Pauline Maier (May 26, 1998)
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Pauline Maier shows us the Declaration as both the defining statement of our national identity and the moral standard by which we live as a nation. It is truly "American Scripture," and Maier tells us how it came to be -- from the Declaration's birth in the hard and tortuous struggle by which Americans arrived at Independence to the ways in which, ...
Simon Schama
Jul 04, 2018
Best book ever written on Declaration of Independence is the late ( and deeply missed) Pauline Maier’s 1997 wonderful, readable work American Scripture     source
Exit West
A Novel
by Mohsin Hamid (Feb 27, 2018)
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In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, t...
Simon Schama
Feb 26, 2018
Finished reading @mohsin_hamid on flight across Atlantic. Exit West is a miraculously perfect book - profound and deeply moving; best thing written on refugee uprootings and journeyings fiction or non fiction. Just feel deeply grateful he wrote this     source
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Sellout
by Paul Beatty (Mar 01, 2016)
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A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial...
Simon Schama
Jun 17, 2016
‘The Sellout’, by Paul Beatty - via @FT My review of a brilliant book full of dark lsughter     source
Empire and Information
Intelligence Gathering and Social Communication in India, 1780-1870 (Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society)
by C. A. Bayly (Apr 12, 1997)
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In a penetrating account of the evolution of British intelligence gathering in India, C. A. Bayly shows how networks of Indian spies, runners and political secretaries were recruited by the British to secure information about their subjects. He also examines the social and intellectual origins of these informants, and considers how the colonial aut...
Simon Schama
Apr 26, 2015
Bayly changed Indian history; his insights acutely original. My favourite of his books is Empire and Information:     source