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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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James Joyce and Italo Svevo
The Story of a Friendship
Stanley Price - Oct 28, 2016
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James Joyce left Dublin in 1904, bound for Trieste and a job teaching English at the Berlitz School. He was to live there for the next eleven years. Italo Svevo, born and bred in Trieste, worked there for his family’s marine paint company. He had also written two novels, published privately and unsuccessfully. In 1907, wanting to improve his Englis...
Simon Schama
May 03, 2021
@RossiMargo excellent book!      source
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The Emergence of Modern Afghanistan
Politics of Reform and Modernization, 1880-1946
Vartan Gregorian - Jan 01, 1969
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Simon Schama
Apr 16, 2021
Vartan was also the author of an outstanding book on reform and politics in 20C Afghanistan; someone who warmed up every room he entered. A titan of scholarship, education and a worker for good in everything he touched.      source
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How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain
Sathnam Sanghera - Jan 01, 2021
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In his brilliantly illuminating new book Sathnam Sanghera demonstrates how so much of what we consider to be modern Britain is actually rooted in our imperial past. In prose that is, at once, both clear-eyed and full of acerbic wit, Sanghera shows how our past is everywhere: from how we live to how we think, from the foundation of the NHS to the na...
Simon Schama
Mar 07, 2021
@Sathnam such a pleasure dear Sathnam - Empireland is a terrific and very important book - thank you for writing it      source
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A Certain World
A Commonplace Book by W. H. Auden (6-Sep-1982) Paperback
W. H. Auden - Jan 01, 1600
Simon Schama
Feb 21, 2021
@dean_frey Auden's Commonplace Book is wonderful - published in 1979 as A Certain World. Entries like "the fingers must be educated; the thumb is born knowing/ the thumb takes responsibility, the index finger the initiative.. " from Malcolm de Chazal      source
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Memorial Drive
A Daughter's Memoir
Natasha Trethewey - Jul 28, 2020
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At age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became.Pulitzer Prize–winning...
Simon Schama
Feb 20, 2021
yes, magnificent book      source
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Jews Don’t Count
David Baddiel - Apr 20, 2021
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Jews Don’t Count is a book for people on the right side of history. People fighting the good fight against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and, particularly, racism. People, possibly, like you.It is the comedian and writer David Baddiel’s contention that one type of racism has been left out of this fight. In his unique combination of reasoning, ...
Simon Schama
Jan 31, 2021
the whole book out just brilliant - and very much needed      source
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The Paranoid Style in American Politics
Richard Hofstadter - Jun 10, 2008 (first published in 1964)
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This timely reissue of Richard Hofstadter's classic work on the fringe groups that influence American electoral politics offers an invaluable perspective on contemporary domestic affairs.In The Paranoid Style in American Politics, acclaimed historian Richard Hofstadter examines the competing forces in American political discourse and how fringe gro...
Simon Schama
Sep 16, 2020
@davidfrum time to reread - or update Hofstadter's great book The Paranoid Style in American Politics and Life      source
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The Sea Around Us
Rachel L. Carson - Nov 12, 2003 (first published in 1951)
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Published in 1951, The Sea Around Us is one of the most remarkably successful books ever written about the natural world. Rachel Carson's rare ability to combine scientific insight with moving, poetic prose catapulted her book to first place on The New York Times best-seller list, where it enjoyed wide attention for thirty-one consecutive weeks. It...
Simon Schama
Aug 23, 2020
@smileyplankton I'd also recommend her first huge best seller The Sea Around Us. People mostly think of her just as the author of the Silent Spring but the marine books are extraordinary works of literature in their own right.      source
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The Armada
Garrett Mattingly - Aug 01, 2005 (first published in 1959)
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Chronicling one of the most spectacular events of the sixteenth century, The Armada is the definitive story of the English fleet’s infamous defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. The esteemed and critically acclaimed historian Garrett Mattingly explores all dimensions of the naval campaign, which captured the attention of the European world and play...
Simon Schama
Jun 03, 2020
@sixteenthCgirl his Armada book changed my life I think ( read at school) - but according to those who knew him at Columbia he could be ... difficult      source
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The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci
Jonathan D. Spence - Sep 03, 1985 (first published in 1984)
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In 1577, the Jesuit Priest Matteo Ricci set out from Italy to bring Christian faith and Western thought to Ming dynasty China. To capture the complex emotional and religious drama of Ricci's extraordinary life, Jonathan Spence relates his subject's experiences with several images that Ricci himself created--four images derived from the events in th...
Simon Schama
May 22, 2020
@jhnmcky @davidrieff yes but the GREAT book on this is Jonathan Spence's The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci      source
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American Scripture
Making the Declaration of Independence
Pauline Maier - May 26, 1998 (first published in 1997)
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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 by Mohsin Hamid
Sellout by Paul Beatty
Empire and Information by C. A. Bayly