These Truths: A History of the United States

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W. W. Norton & Company, Sep 18, 2018 - History - 960 pages

“Nothing short of a masterpiece.”—NPR Books
A New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book of the Year

In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation.

Widely hailed for its “sweeping, sobering account of the American past” (New York Times Book Review), Jill Lepore’s one-volume history of America places truth itself—a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence—at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas—“these truths,” Jefferson called them—political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise?

These Truths tells this uniquely American story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation’s truths, or belied them. To answer that question, Lepore wrestles with the state of American politics, the legacy of slavery, the persistence of inequality, and the nature of technological change. “A nation born in contradiction… will fight, forever, over the meaning of its history,” Lepore writes, but engaging in that struggle by studying the past is part of the work of citizenship. With These Truths, Lepore has produced a book that will shape our view of American history for decades to come.


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In "These Truths," historian Jill Lapore does an admirable job of writing a thoughtful and balanced history of the United States from the perspective of its founding ideas and ideals. She demonstrates ... Read full review

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I was surprised and happy to read a newly written history of the United States. Her perspective is surprisingly contemporary yet does a good job telling the story of the fifties on. She details little ... Read full review


The Question Stated
THE IDEA 14921799
Two The Rulers and the Ruled
Three Of Wars and Revolutions
Four The Constitution of a Nation
Five Six Seven Eight A Democracy of Numbers
Part Three
Nine Ten Eleven Of Citizens Persons and People
Twelve The Brutality of Modernity
Part Four
Thirteen Fourteen Fifteen A World of Knowledge
Sixteen America Disrupted
The Question Addressed
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Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and is also a staff writer at The New Yorker. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, her many books include the international bestseller These Truths and This America.

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