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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

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"[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."
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"[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

"With this epic work of grand chronological sweep, brilliantly illuminating the idea of truth in the history of our republic, Lepore reaffirms her place as one of one of the truly great historians of our time."
Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard University

"Astounding…[Lepore] has assembled evidence of an America that was better than some thought, worse than almost anyone imagined, and weirder than most serious history books ever convey."
Casey N. Cep, Harvard Magazine

"‘An old-fashioned civics book,’ Harvard historian and
New Yorker contributor Jill Lepore calls it, a glint in her eye. This fat, ludicrously ambitious one-volume history is a lot more than that. In its spirit of inquiry, in its eager iconoclasms, These Truths enacts the founding ideals of the country it describes."
Huffington Post

"It's an audacious undertaking to write a readable history of America, and Jill Lepore is more than up to the task. But
These Truths is also an astute exploration of the ways in which the country is living up to its potential, and where it is not."
Business Insider

"Gutsy, lyrical, and expressive…[
These Truths] is a perceptive and necessary contribution to understanding the American condition of late.…It captures the fullness of the past, where hope rises out of despair, renewal out of destruction, and forward momentum out of setbacks."
Jack E. Davis, Chicago Tribune

"No one has written with more passion and brilliance about how a flawed and combustible America kept itself tethered to the transcendent ideals on which it was founded."
Gary Gerstle, author of Liberty and Coercion

"Without ignoring the horrors of conquest, slavery, or recurring prejudices, Lepore manages nonetheless to capture the epic quality of the American past."
Lynn Hunt, author of History: Why it Matters

"Lepore knows that the ‘story of America’ is as plural and mutable as the nation itself, and the result is a work of prismatic richness, one that rewards not just reading but rereading. This will be an instant classic."
Kwame Anthony Appiah, author of The Lies that Bind

"In this inspiring and enlightening book, Jill Lepore accomplishes the grand task of telling us what we need to know about our past in order to be good citizens today."
Walter Isaacson, University Professor of History, Tulane, author of The Innovators

"In this time of disillusionment with American politics, Jill Lepore’s beautifully written book should be essential reading for everyone who cares about the country’s future. Her history of the United States reminds us of the dilemmas that have plagued the country and the institutional strengths that have allowed us to survive as a republic for over two centuries. At a minimum, her book should be required reading for every federal officeholder."
Robert Dallek, author of Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Who can write a comprehensive yet lucid history of the sprawling United States in a single volume? Only Jill Lepore has the verve, wit, range, and insights to pull off this daring and provocative book. Interweaving many lively biographies,
These Truths illuminates the origins of the passions and causes, which still inspire and divide Americans in an age that needs all the truth we can find."
Alan Taylor, author of American Revolutions --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07BLKWBYT
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ W. W. Norton & Company; Illustrated edition (September 18, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 18, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 116436 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 955 pages
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Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale in 1995. Her first book, "The Name of War," won the Bancroft Prize; her 2005 book, "New York Burning," was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2008 she published "Blindspot," a mock eighteenth-century novel, jointly written with Jane Kamensky. Lepore's most recent book, "The Whites of Their Eyes," is a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice.

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