These Truths

These Truths

A History of the United States

eBook - 2018
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"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.
Publisher: 2018
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2018. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 100028 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780393635256


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May 19, 2020

a Bill Gates recommendation

Nov 17, 2019

"Disgusted and discouraged, Johnson announced on March 31 that he would not run for reelection. He had decided to dedicate himself to ending the war. 'With our hopes and the world's hope for peace in the balance every day,' he said in a televised address, ' I do not believe that i should devote an hour or a day of my time to any personal partisan causes.' The stunned NEW YORK TIMES ran a can-you-believe-it, three-tier headline: JOHNSON SAYS HE WON'T RUN; HALTS NORTH VIETNAM RAIDS; BIDS HANOI JOIN PEACE MOVES. " " ' Young men in Central Park, New York, mourned Martin Luther King Jr. following his assassination in Memphis on April 4, 1968.' " "In 1992, when Ailes and Limbaugh together visited the White House, President Bush saw fit to carry Limbaugh's bag." "The Ohio-born Ailes had been working in television when he became an adviser to Richard Nixon in 1968."

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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