These Truths

These Truths

A History of the United States

Book - 2018
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"The American experiment rests on three ideas--"these truths," Jefferson called them--political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, "on a dedication to inquiry, fearless and unflinching," writes Jill Lepore in a groundbreaking investigation into the American past that places truth itself at the center of the nation's history. In riveting prose, These truths tells the story of America, beginning in 1492, to ask whether the course of events has proven the nation's founding truths, or belied them. "A nation born in contradiction, liberty in a land of slavery, sovereignty in a land of conquest, will fight, forever, over the meaning of its history," Lepore writes, finding meaning in those very contradictions as she weaves American history into a majestic tapestry of faith and hope, of peril and prosperity, of technological progress and moral anguish. A spellbinding chronicle filled with arresting sketches of Americans from John Winthrop and Frederick Douglass to Pauli Murray and Phyllis Schlafly, These truths offers an authoritative new history of a great, and greatly troubled, nation"--
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780393635249
Branch Call Number: 973 L558T 2018
Characteristics: xx, 932 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm


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Jan 13, 2019

This is more of a political history than a traditional history, while also evaluating the trends that shaped American politics and government. It's actually fairly easy to read, although it might take a couple of checkouts to finish it! It certainly illuminated the past in ways that my formal education didn't. I found myself particularly interested in her view of more recent events that I experienced myself. I don't generally read nonfiction, but this was definitely worth my time.

Nov 15, 2018

Just began reading this book, after seeing it in The New York Times Book Review. It's fascinating. What Ms. Lepore has set out to do is write an honest, objective history of the United States, i.e., neither overly positive nor negative; just factual. Simply stated: it's not the type of history book we would have read in high school.


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