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Lepore is both a provoking historian & modern-day political journalist in These Truths. She identifies the Constitutional framers’ standards of “political equality,” “natural rights,” and “sovereignty of the people,” then she investigates how these ideas measure up before Washington crossed the Delaware, over the Mason/Dixon line, and into the Trump White House. Lepore offers us more than U.S. history; she explores America’s ever-evolving political landscape, while questioning our Constitution.— Faith
As a master of her craft, Lepore has given us another astounding book in a line of memorable reads. Never before, however, has her scope broadened to all of American political history. While raising the profile of women and non-white men, Lepore has covered all the bases and created a work to be savored over time. This belongs on the shelf of every history buff and its ideas will surely become a part of the American tapestry.— Andrew
“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.