Simon Schama

This Time, the Dutch Did Not Capitulate in Fortaleza
Their battle plan wilted in the heat, but Holland exhales into the quarterfinals
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
Much like the country, Brazil's performance against Chile was both heaven and hell
June 28, 2014

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

A Stake Through Tiki-Taka's Heart
And didn't it feel good.
June 13, 2014

And didn't it feel good. 

This Is the Team That Actually Invented Total Football
They did it in stadium known as Wankdorf (some things a nine-year-old doesn't forget)
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.

They All Laughed at Christopher Columbus
October 06, 1992

I Excuse me for noticing, but haven't we been commemorating Columbus's quincentennial in the wrong year? I know that dates and math aren't America's strong suit right now, but it doesn't take advanced calculus to figure that 1492 plus 500 equals 1992. What is it about Columbus that makes for botched commemoration? The Quatercentennial Columbian Exposition opened a year late, in 1893, delayed by the enormous scale of the show and by the protesting groups (yes, even then) who saw themselves more as victims than as beneficiaries of 1492.