These Truths by Jill Lepore

These Truths

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, Lepore’s groundbreaking investigation places truth itself—a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence—at the center of the nation’s history. The Ame...

Details These Truths

TitleThese Truths
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, North American Hi..., American History, Politics, Literature, American

Reviews These Truths

  • Ryan B
    In an age of political polarization, Jill Lepore reminds us that there has never been an age without political polarization. The faintest familiarity with United States history should convince you that political conflict has deep roots.Some examples: the revolutionaries and loyalists fought vigorously over the issue of independence during the Revolutionary War; the Federalists and Anti-Federalists fought over federal versus state rights; the Mexi...
  • Ilana
    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together.
  • Mehrsa
    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 brilli...
  • Mike
    A pessimistic history that runs close to 1000 pages. Of course America has committed sins, but are there any positives to be found? According to Lepore, very, very few.
  • Joanne Annabannabobanna
    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 ins...
  • Mark Burris
    By too many reviewers this book has been held up as a 1-volume history of America, from Columbus to Trump. Actually, it's much more of a history of ideas, specifically of the founding and guiding of "truths," and as such, it flows through the centuries with insight and perspective. Lepore's an excellent writer, building transitions and inserting humorous commentary that delighted this reader. "Columbus widened the world, Gutenberg made it spin fa...
  • Robin Morris
    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.
  • Michael Schill
    Excellent but depressing.
  • Socraticgadfly
    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...
  • Alex
    This is a masterpiece. A few minor quibbles aside, this is an absolutely tremendous work of non-fiction writing and I cannot recommend it highly enough to every American. We all know the general myths of American history and even if you're an avid history-reader, like myself, there's still new insights and anecdotes that Lepore brings to vivid and fascinating light. I was hugely impressed with, and somewhat jealous of, her idea to base this chron...
  • Kim Forney
    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; ho...
  • Deborah
    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!
  • Jane Somers
    A history of the United States that acknowledges the way events affected everyone. I learned a lot, and I will refer back to the hard copy of the book. The production values of the audio book could use some improvement.
  • Ross
    My review is way too long for here, but if you'd like to read it, here:http://pokingbadgerswithspoons.blogsp...
  • Michael
    A brilliant book that I have been enthusiastically recommending to nearly everyone. These Truths is among the very best books on American history I have ever read.
  • Zach
    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.
  • Manuel
    Great writing (of course). Deep insights and chock-full of nuggets in every chapter. Well worth the 789 pages of reading.