Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York, and was awarded a CBE in 2001. Since 1995 he has been art and culture critic for the New Yorker
and an essayist for The Guardian
. His award-winning books include Citizens
, Rembrandt's Eyes
and the History of Britain
trilogy. His most recent book, The American Future
, was published in 2008.