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These Truths: A History of the United States by [Jill Lepore]
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An Amazon Best Book of September 2018:: It takes an ambitious historian to write a single volume history of the United States: Enter Jill Lepore, Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer. These Truths sets out first to remind people how the United States got its start. The “truths,” as Thomas Jefferson called them, were political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. But Lepore also notes that history is a form of inquiry, something to be questioned, discussed, disputed. Has this country lived up to These Truths? she asks. The answer, as you might expect, is yes and no (though more yes than no). And the book itself is engrossing and even-handed, examining our contradictions—like a land of liberty supporting slavery—and singling out important historical figures, some well-known—like Benjamin Franklin—as well as others who were key voices in their time, but have since been left on history’s curb—like Mary Lease, leading voice of the People’s Party. As the book traces wars, policy decisions, and national debates, one can’t help but feel that the arguments we are seeing today have been carried out all throughout our history. When the final chapter (America, Disrupted) brings us to Obama, and then Trump, the narrative has lost no steam—rather, it has coalesced into a national story approaching coherence, something resembling the Founding Fathers’ more perfect union, though never actually perfect. --Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review --This text refers to the hardcover edition.


“[B]rilliant…insightful…It isn’t until you start reading it that you realize how much we need a book like this one at this particular moment.”
- Andrew Sullivan, New York Times Book Review

“This sweeping, sobering account of the American past is a story not of relentless progress but of conflict and contradiction, with crosscurrents of reason and faith, black and white, immigrant and native, industry and agriculture rippling through a narrative that is far from completion.”
- New York Times Book Review (editors' choice)

“[Lepore’s] one-volume history is elegant, readable, sobering; it extends a steadying hand when a breakneck news cycle lurches from one event to another, confounding minds and churning stomachs.”
- Jennifer Szalai, New York Times

“Jill Lepore is an extraordinarily gifted writer, and These Truths is nothing short of a masterpiece of American history. By engaging with our country's painful past (and present) in an intellectually honest way, she has created a book that truly does encapsulate the American story in all its pain and all its triumph.”
- Michael Schaub, NPR

“Lepore’s brilliant book, These Truths, rings as clear as a church bell, the lucid, welcome yield of clear thinking and a capable, curious mind.”
- Karen R. Long, Newsday

“This vivid history brings alive the contradictions and hypocrisies of the land of the free.”
- David Aaronovitch, The Times

“A history for the 21st century, far more inclusive than the standard histories of the past.”
- Guardian

“Monumental…a crucial work for presenting a fresh and clear-sighted narrative of the entire story…exciting and page-turningly fascinating, in one of those rare history books that can be read with pleasure for its sheer narrative energy.”
- Simon Winchester, New Statesman

“Jill Lepore is that rare combination in modern life of intellect, originality, and style.”
- Amanda Foreman, Times Literary Supplement

“In her epic new work, Jill Lepore helps us learn from whence we came.”
- O, The Oprah Magazine --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • File Size : 115520 KB
  • Publication Date : September 18, 2018
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 955 pages
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated Edition (September 18, 2018)
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 1,492 ratings

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4.0 out of 5 stars Answers all those questions about the modern USA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mama tried
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5.0 out of 5 stars an objective, beautifully written history
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