Professor and history author Simon Schama appears at the National Book Festival. Speaker Biography: Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. He taught history at Cambridge and Oxford universities and art history and history at Harvard before coming to Columbia. His books have been translated into 15 languages and include "Patriots and Liberators: Revolution and Government in the Netherlands 1780-1813" (1977), "The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age" (1987), "Rembrandt's Eyes" (1999) and "The Power of Art" (2007), which was also an eight-part series on PBS. His books have won the Wolfson Award for History, the W.H Smith Prize for Literature; the National Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature and the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Nonfiction. His new book is "The American Future: A History" (2009), which is also the title of his four-part BBC documentary.
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