In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation, an urgently needed reckoning with the beauty and tragedy of American history.Written in elegiac prose, Lepores groundbreaking investigation places truth itselfa devotion to facts, proof, and evidenceat the center of the nations history. The American experiment rests on three ideas"these truths," Jefferson called thempolitical equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, Lepore argues, because self-government depends on it. 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 nations truths, or belied them. To answer that question, Lepore traces the intertwined his...
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These Truths: A History of the United States Reviews
This book has been heavily touted.
That makes it all the more disconcerting to see an error as early as page 8 and a whopper to boot.
Indeed, beyond that as representative of numerous errors of fact, there’s numerous arguable errors of interpretation, and dubious decisions what to contain and what to omit.
Behind THAT, as Gertrude Stein said of Oakland, as far as I can tell, there’s no “there” there.
With that, let’s dig in.
Page 8: No, pre-Columbian American Indians did NOT herd pigs because there ...more
I bought "These Truths" because I've always been interested in the history of our country. I figured I would learn new information primarily about the founding of the country as I have in similar nonfiction history I've read covering the America. What this book showed me was how little I know about all of the things that happened after the founding of this country and our first few presidents. The closer the book got to the present, the less familiar with history I was. I don't think I will be t ...more
Lepore is my favorite living historian, but the nature of the work means she can’t revel in the details like she does in her more heady historical readings. I hate imagining the ideas her editor forced her to cut from this 1,000~ page behemoth. As is, we get an absolute whirlwind ride through our sordid American history; Lepore is infatuated with the people from our past who got it wrong, likes to let them indict themselves with their own words. I just wish she gave them more than a few paragrap ...more
It's hard to write a history of the United States from the beginning to now. Lepore is perfectly suited for the task --she's a great historian and a great writer. The best thing about this American history is that it includes the women and the racial minorities that are usually left out. As such, it's a history of America--warts and all. With so much ground to cover, it would be easy to leave out the incidental players, but as Lepore shows brilliantly, it's impossible to understand America witho ...more
I won a kindle version of this book through Goodreads. While I won a Kindle version, I decided to check it out from the library because I prefer paper books. I've had the book for 2 weeks and have read less than 200 pages. Due to a wait list, I have to return the book to the library and am unlikely to finish it.
So why my rating?
1. The official summary of the book declares the book to be "the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades." While this may be true, the book is not really a ...more
Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?!
Out of 900 or so pages, I think I learned something I didn't know on just about every other page. While the rigor and depth of her analysis breaks down somewhat after about 9/11, her ability to weave the history you know with the history you didn't know through every era is fascinating. How much of our history is really all about slavery even years later comes through clearly. Heartbreaking it-could-have-been-different moments around the ERA and abortion and gun control from before they got to b ...more
Jill Lepore, professor of American History at Harvard University, staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of many books, including her latest, These Truths: A History of the United States, talks about her new take on the full scope of U.S. history - an exploration of how well American democracy has satisfied the three "self-evident" truths in the Declaration of Independence.
Prof Jill Lepore: "It is in fact a right to revolution that's inscribed in our founding documents."
What did the fou ...more