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    1. October 17, 2014

      Schama on Rembrandt: Masterpieces of the Late Years, BBC 2

      Although Simon Schama (an FT contributing editor) reviews the National Gallery’s Rembrandt show, I nevertheless have to...

    2. August 7, 2014

      UK celebrities urge Scots to stay together

      Sir Mick Jagger, Stephen Hawking, Dame Judy Dench and Simon Cowell are among 200 people who have signed an open letter from...

    1. September 6, 2013

      Review: ‘The Story of the Jews’, by Simon Schama

      The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000BCE – 1492CE, by Simon Schama, Bodley Head, RRP£25, 512 pages A few Septembers...

    2. beyondbrics

      July 8, 2013

      Further reading: teeth and threats

      Monday’s picks from beyondbrics: why investors are getting keener on Nigeria; how to talk cyber to Beijing; Egypt’s second...

    3. March 11, 2013

      Universities face online ‘avalanche’

      Traditional red brick universities risk extinction unless they respond creatively to growing competition from free online...

    4. February 10, 2013

      Correction: Thomas Cromwell

      ● In an article by Simon Schama (‘Return of a Machiavellian monarch on the make’, Saturday, February 9), an editing error...

    5. January 25, 2013

      Witness to genocide

      Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death, by Otto Dov Kulka, translated by Ralph Mandel, Allen Lane, RRP£14.99, 144 pages,...

    6. December 28, 2012

      Long-form writing is alive and kicking

      All of you out there sounding off about the tweetification of English can relax. The 2012 Bodley Head/FT non-fiction Essay...

    7. November 30, 2012

      A top sommelier in your cellar

      Do you really know what is in your cellar? For one night only, six eminent sommeliers will be available to inspect your wine...

    8. September 21, 2012

      Win £1,000 – and have your work published

      The Financial Times and The Bodley Head, an imprint of Random House UK, are running their first annual essay prize for the...

    9. June 9, 2012

      Pay-packet pugilist fights for final word

      When investors’ pitchforks come out over pay, most chief executives hide behind their remuneration committee – not Sir...

    10. March 2, 2012

      Simon Schama on Joseph Roth

      Joseph Roth: A Life in Letters, translated and edited by Michael Hofmann, Granta, RRP£25, 576 pages Wandering Jew: The...

    11. February 17, 2012

      Matzo ball memories

      It was when my friend Sid took a razor to the smoked salmon sandwich that I realised being a 14-year-old Jew in London was...

    12. December 30, 2011

      Simon Schama at the Whitechapel Gallery

      “Cultural exchange,” said Penny Johnson, the hospitably learned director of the Government Art Collection, as I stared...

    13. November 18, 2011

      MetaMaus

         MetaMaus, by Art Spiegelman, Viking, RRP£25, 300 pages When the German translation of Maus was published in 1987, an...

    14. October 28, 2011

      ‘The sea trout sashimi has been draped!’

      The Table Comes First, a collection of writings about food by the American author and cultural critic Adam Gopnik, has just...

    15. October 14, 2011

      Bill Clinton talks to Simon Schama

      How do you begin a conversation with the man who knows everything? Steering clear of female literacy rates in Bhutan; the...

    16. September 27, 2011

      Message to Perry: stop banging on about Israel

      It is the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, so in the interest of a happy one amid the gathering global gloom can I...

    17. September 23, 2011

      Small and mighty

      I sometimes think that if Lucian Freud had had a heart, as well as the eye of a hawk, he might have become as great a...

    18. September 16, 2011

      Little England

      “There are,” John Julius Norwich notes with pardonable exaggeration in his lively and engaging volume on the subject, “a...

    19. September 11, 2011

      Decade, Commodity Quay, London

      There is both a vast amount and virtually nothing to say about this presentation, as perhaps befits the diffuseness of a...

    20. September 2, 2011

      The remains of that day

      What are public memorials for? Are they meant to perpetuate the sorrow of loss; pay a debt of respect, or set a boundary...

    21. August 26, 2011

      Artistry from atrocity

      At 8.46 on the morning of September 11 2001 the US playwright Christopher Shinn was at his desk in Manhattan. “I had a...

    22. July 15, 2011

      The Emperor of Lies

      I suppose it’s too much to ask for a moratorium on the publication of Holocaust novels, but perhaps we might take a breather...

    23. May 28, 2011

      Further lessons in history recommended for all

      From Mr Chandran Nair. Sir, Simon Schama’s interview with Henry Kissinger (“The history man”, Life & Arts, May 21) is...

    24. May 28, 2011

      China is another player in the arena

      From Mr Raju Nagarajan. Sir, The oracle of international diplomacy, Henry Kissinger, may be eerily right about an...

    25. May 20, 2011

      Henry Kissinger talks to Simon Schama

      Simon Schama with Kissinger in the offices of Kissinger Associates, New York To whom should we look for guidance, in the...

    26. April 29, 2011

      Dynastic lessons from the familiar Windsor flourish

      A century ago, in 1911, a betting man would not have put much money on the endurance of dynastic autocracies. The most...

    27. April 23, 2011

      Enduring and prescient analysis of conflict

      From Mr Daniel J. Aronoff. Sir, Simon Schama points to Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni’s familial and ideological...

    28. April 22, 2011

      Smut

      Smut: Two Unseemly Stories, by Alan Bennett, Profile, RRP£12, 160 pages It’s all right Mavis and Ken, Edna and Rog, keep...

    29. April 14, 2011

      Obama’s fight back has begun

      Vice-president Joseph Biden seemed to slumber through it. But no one else listening to President Barack Obama’s budget...

    30. March 25, 2011

      Teach history warts and all

      “Time to head off!” wisecracks the hooded executioner on the cover of Even More Terrible Tudors, one of the popular titles...

    31. March 25, 2011

      13, Rue Thérèse

      13, Rue Thérèse, by Elena Mauli Shapiro, Headline, RRP£12.99, 288 pages You take a quick shufti at this debut novel and you...

    32. March 18, 2011

      The land of the free-thinker?

      Among the institutions starved of funds by the budget proposed by House of Representatives Republicans is the National Ocean...

    33. March 5, 2011

      ‘Tempest’ sense lost in gender reversal

      From Dr Charles G.V. Coutinho. Sir, Simon Schama, interviewing Helen Mirren about her role as Prospera in Julie Taymor’s...

    34. March 5, 2011

      You don’t have to rubbish one thing to praise another

      From Mr Tom Sutcliffe. Sir, Simon Schama evidently enjoyed meeting Helen Mirren, as your picture reveals, and a lot of what...

    35. February 4, 2011

      Darkness before dawn for Cairo’s sans-culottes

      There was something sublime – or do I mean ridiculous? – about the timing. Perched on their Alp the usual Masters of the...

    36. February 4, 2011

      Revolution and desecration

      The Pharaoh protects his patrimony? Was that the message Hosni Mubarak meant to send last week when, amid the tumult and the...

    37. January 28, 2011

      O: A Presidential Novel

      O: A Presidential Novel, by Anonymous, Simon & Schuster, RRP£12.99, 368 pages “It was nearly eleven o’clock at night and the...

    38. December 29, 2010

      Tea Party has changed entire national dialogue

      From Dr Vin Mathur. Sir, As an avid fan and reader of Simon Schama, I have to admit I was taken aback by his article “A...

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