Simon Schama

Christopher Columbus Was Both a Crusader and a Villain
October 13, 2014

Yes, he did terrible things. Here's the full story. 

This Time, the Dutch Did Not Capitulate in Fortaleza
June 29, 2014

The Dutch battle plan wilted in the heat, but Holland exhales into the quarterfinals

A Tale of Two Halves: On Brazil's Nail-biting Victory over Chile
June 28, 2014

Much like the country, Brazil's performance against Chile was both heaven and hell.

A Stake Through Tiki-Taka's Heart
June 13, 2014

And didn't it feel good. 

This Is the Team That Actually Invented Total Football
June 11, 2014

They did it in stadium known as Wankdorf (some things a nine-year-old doesn't forget). 

The Patriarch
July 01, 2010

Moses Montefiore: Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero By Abigail Green (Harvard University Press, 540 pp., $35) In 1827, an upright, well-to-do English gentleman, traveling through the Levant with his lady wife, ran into some dirty weather en route from Alexandria to Malta. But this particular gentleman was called Moses and his notion of calming the sea was to throw the afikoman half of the middle matzoh of the Passover seder into the churning waters. Apparently, as Abigail Green tells it, in some Sephardi traditions the breaking of the afikoman symbolizes the parting of the Red Sea.