And so, in 1980, schama took a job in the United States, at Harvard.
schama has always been brilliant at finding the unexpected detail and using it to open up a Big Theme.
schama has written for The New Yorker since 1994, winning the National Magazine Award in 1996.
“It serves me right that that would be seen as a massive piece of hyperbole,” schama said in a phone conversation this week.
For instance, in the book, schama writes that he always begins each new writing project with a fountain pen, not a computer.