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 is the book I want my kids to use in their AP US History classes in high school. Please. I'm begging.
Covers everything but covers the world inside the worlds. What a gift.
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
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 loved the book! I loved how the author did not leave anything out (It was an objective view of the events)! The US history is fraught with good and bad: Opinions, Facts, Hyperbole, and Propaganda. The author explains how our history milestones were incorporated with Partisanship mixed with Religious and Moral beliefs. It is extremely interesting how Americans integrate these things into their own personal value and belief system. It is long; however, I would recommend this book to anyone who l ...more
This book is more a history of civil rights in the United States, not so much a general "History of the United States".
I expected a general history, and think the book would have been better it the author included another 300 pages or so to round it out. That said, a very good book.
I highly recommend the audio book, read by the theatrical author. I was so lucky to see Jill Lepore at Literary Arts in Portland last week - she is truly a stable genius and a guardian of our history! Rollicking, inclusive and exquisitely timed, "The Truths" should be required reading for thinking people who want to know how all this ends. In darkness, of course!