Encouraged by the published reviews I dug eagerly into this tome only to find, increasingly as I read, that the book lacked a theme. The author certainly adds detail to a history I mostly knew but, inevitably, left out occurrences for no particular reason I could discern. I risk displaying a lack of comprehension but I’d say her history demonstrates that a country founded in contradiction (slavery chiefly but genocide of native Americans and woman’s inequality as well) to a stated purpose of freedom and equality has yet to achieve its goal. And may even be moving further from that goal as she darkly concludes with Donald Trump and the divisions abetted by the internet. I found some errors that would never pass muster with the fact checkers of The New Yorker, Professor Lepore’s frequent home. There were, for instance, no “jets” as part of the D-Day invasion or accompanying FDR on his trip to Yalta.