Dead Certainties: Unwarranted Speculations

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 2, 1992 - History - 333 pages
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Like his The Embarrassment of Riches and the bestselling Citizens, Simon Schama's latest book is both history and literature of immense stylishness and ambition. But Dead Certainties goes beyond these more conventional histories to address the deeper enigmas that confront a student of the past. In order to do so, Schama reconstructs -- and at times reinvents -- two ambiguous deaths: the first, that of General James Wolfe at the battle of Quebec in 1759; the second, in 1849, that of George Parkman, an eccentric Boston brahmin whose murder by an impecunious Harvard professor in 1849 was a grisly reproach to the moral sanctity of his society. Out of these stories -- with all of their bizarre coincidences and contradictions -- Schama creates a dazzling and supremely vital work of historical imagination.

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User Review  - Susan Barsy - Goodreads

Readers of this book have puzzled over the tenuous connections among its parts, which are true to the strange tissue of interconnection characterizing human life. The nature of such connections can be ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brent - Goodreads

This was my first reading in the fine historical writing of Simon Schama. I recall ordering and receiving this from the History Book Club... somewhere immediately following what I now call Gulf War ... Read full review

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Simon Schama is the prize-winning author of seven acclaimed books. An art critic and essayist
for The New Yorker, he also writes and presents documentaries for BBC television. He is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University and lives outside New York City.

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