America's future through its past

June 17, 2009 9:53:13 AM PDT
Tamala Edwards interviews Simon Schama about his latest book "The American Future."

Author, Simon Schama has written a lively meditation on history.

Schama divides the book into 4 themes of American history as they play out in the lives of historical figures.

He writes more about the past than the future, describing America as a seriously divided society, plagued by immigration, the Iraq war, the role of religion and the proper use of natural resources.

Simon Schama was born in Britain and has lived in the United States for decades. He is a professor of art history at Columbia University in New York City.

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