Schama’s timely American opus

Simon Schama is in the process of usurping Melvyn Bragg as Britain’s favourite pointy headed intellectual with the common touch.

3rd January, 2009

The American Future: A History By Simon Schama Bodley Head, €15

Simon Schama is in the process of usurping Melvyn Bragg as Britain’s favourite pointy headed intellectual with the common touch. Recently seen in the pages of the Guardian sharing his best bolognese sauce recipes with its readers, he also turned up on the BBC’s US election night coverage, looking like the tweed-jacketed eccentric who taught you geography in school, elbows flying everywhere, eyes darting...

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