These Truths: A History of the United States

These Truths: A History of the United States

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, In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian and New Yorker writer Jill ...

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  • Richard Subber
    Oct 21, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

    Guess I never got around to writing a review (though I could have sworn I did). I'm not going to do so now. I'll simply say this book is wonderful and should be read by everyone who cares about our current situation -- our politics, cultural upheavals, mutual distrust -- and how we got...

    The good news: "only" 809 pp of actual text (hc ed). The bad news: she starts her History with Columbus's voyage of discovery. She starts in Haiti/Hispaniola, and uncritically quotes Bartolome de los Casas 16th C. guess that Hispaniola had a pre-Spanish population of about 3 million, w...

    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. ...

    A history of the United States for our time, that tells the story of America from Columbus to Trump. It has been a quite a while since I?ve been this impressed by a history book (and my shelves testify how much of them I read). These Truths is a splendidly written account that the au...

    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. Lep...

    Whenever you read an ambitious work of history written by a single author (Gibbon's Decline and Fall and Taruskin's History of Western Music come to mind), you first have to marvel at the accomplishment and then, over the course of careful reading and evaluation, come to find just how ...

    A beautifully written book, an expansive one-volume history of the United States from Christopher Columbus to the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. I appreciated several things about this book. First, the author threads a needle between the celebratory and hyper-critical research. She...

    I learned something on every page and thought ?I wish I had written that!? much more frequently. It?s a stunning thing, to produce a single volume of American history this sweeping and compelling and richly written. Of course, it?s impossible to include everything, and there we...

    Jill Lepore makes it easy to read authoritative accounts of our history as a nation. She is already a venerable historian. These Truths offers two things that I crave when I?m reading/learning history: context, and a penetrating commitment to seek truth in terms of what they were th...

  • Socraticgadfly
    Oct 14, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

  • Nadine Jones
    Aug 28, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

  • Maria
    Feb 07, 2019

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

    Guess I never got around to writing a review (though I could have sworn I did). I'm not going to do so now. I'll simply say this book is wonderful and should be read by everyone who cares about our current situation -- our politics, cultural upheavals, mutual distrust -- and how we got...

    The good news: "only" 809 pp of actual text (hc ed). The bad news: she starts her History with Columbus's voyage of discovery. She starts in Haiti/Hispaniola, and uncritically quotes Bartolome de los Casas 16th C. guess that Hispaniola had a pre-Spanish population of about 3 million, w...

    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. ...

    A history of the United States for our time, that tells the story of America from Columbus to Trump. It has been a quite a while since I?ve been this impressed by a history book (and my shelves testify how much of them I read). These Truths is a splendidly written account that the au...

    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. Lep...

    Whenever you read an ambitious work of history written by a single author (Gibbon's Decline and Fall and Taruskin's History of Western Music come to mind), you first have to marvel at the accomplishment and then, over the course of careful reading and evaluation, come to find just how ...

    A beautifully written book, an expansive one-volume history of the United States from Christopher Columbus to the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. I appreciated several things about this book. First, the author threads a needle between the celebratory and hyper-critical research. She...

    I learned something on every page and thought ?I wish I had written that!? much more frequently. It?s a stunning thing, to produce a single volume of American history this sweeping and compelling and richly written. Of course, it?s impossible to include everything, and there we...

    Jill Lepore makes it easy to read authoritative accounts of our history as a nation. She is already a venerable historian. These Truths offers two things that I crave when I?m reading/learning history: context, and a penetrating commitment to seek truth in terms of what they were th...

    Great background for the current political era Having not taken us history since 1996, I found this sweeping overview that is unabashedly through the lens of the modern era to be extremely helpful in understanding just how much of the current political invective has been part of the...

    I heartily recommend that people interested in American History - thoughtful American History - read this book. It is a well-written, thoughtful, and enlightening statement on the history of the US from 1492 until the Presidential Election of 2016. Jill Lenore is a Professor of Hist...

    American historian and frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Jill Lepore, in ?These Truths, a History of the United States,?? presents nearly 800 pages of compelling American history that many of us might not have learned in the classroom. Considering the ?American experim...

    Had I stopped reading this book before she reached the last 100 pages, my rating would be 5 stars. This is a terrific and very readable American history. Her focus on race, on class, on the press, on the pendulum of liberalism and conservatism is convincingly argued. Though I know a fa...

    It?s probably a little early for me to render an opinion - i?m only 12% into the book - but i really want to encourage others to read this. I started highlighting key passages, phrases, quotes, etc. at the outset, and i?ve so far ended up with more text highlighted than not. The ...

    Lepore is my favorite living historian, but the nature of the work means she can?t revel in the details like she does in her more heady historical readings. I hate imagining the ideas her editor forced her to cut from this 1,000~ page behemoth. As is, we get an absolute whirlwind rid...

    Lepore explores the "self-evident truths" of America as each generation understood and practiced them. It is a book that asks the question, what is America and who is American? Why I started this book: Recently arrived at the library and I thought that it looked good... not realizi...

  • Mehrsa
    Oct 11, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

  • Ran
    Dec 15, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

  • Jeremy Neely
    Nov 29, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

    Guess I never got around to writing a review (though I could have sworn I did). I'm not going to do so now. I'll simply say this book is wonderful and should be read by everyone who cares about our current situation -- our politics, cultural upheavals, mutual distrust -- and how we got...

    The good news: "only" 809 pp of actual text (hc ed). The bad news: she starts her History with Columbus's voyage of discovery. She starts in Haiti/Hispaniola, and uncritically quotes Bartolome de los Casas 16th C. guess that Hispaniola had a pre-Spanish population of about 3 million, w...

    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. ...

    A history of the United States for our time, that tells the story of America from Columbus to Trump. It has been a quite a while since I?ve been this impressed by a history book (and my shelves testify how much of them I read). These Truths is a splendidly written account that the au...

    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. Lep...

    Whenever you read an ambitious work of history written by a single author (Gibbon's Decline and Fall and Taruskin's History of Western Music come to mind), you first have to marvel at the accomplishment and then, over the course of careful reading and evaluation, come to find just how ...

    A beautifully written book, an expansive one-volume history of the United States from Christopher Columbus to the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. I appreciated several things about this book. First, the author threads a needle between the celebratory and hyper-critical research. She...

    I learned something on every page and thought ?I wish I had written that!? much more frequently. It?s a stunning thing, to produce a single volume of American history this sweeping and compelling and richly written. Of course, it?s impossible to include everything, and there we...

  • Ilana
    Aug 19, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

  • James Thane
    Jan 06, 2019

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

  • Mike
    Sep 17, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

    Guess I never got around to writing a review (though I could have sworn I did). I'm not going to do so now. I'll simply say this book is wonderful and should be read by everyone who cares about our current situation -- our politics, cultural upheavals, mutual distrust -- and how we got...

    The good news: "only" 809 pp of actual text (hc ed). The bad news: she starts her History with Columbus's voyage of discovery. She starts in Haiti/Hispaniola, and uncritically quotes Bartolome de los Casas 16th C. guess that Hispaniola had a pre-Spanish population of about 3 million, w...

    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. ...

  • Myles
    Nov 08, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

    Guess I never got around to writing a review (though I could have sworn I did). I'm not going to do so now. I'll simply say this book is wonderful and should be read by everyone who cares about our current situation -- our politics, cultural upheavals, mutual distrust -- and how we got...

    The good news: "only" 809 pp of actual text (hc ed). The bad news: she starts her History with Columbus's voyage of discovery. She starts in Haiti/Hispaniola, and uncritically quotes Bartolome de los Casas 16th C. guess that Hispaniola had a pre-Spanish population of about 3 million, w...

    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. ...

    A history of the United States for our time, that tells the story of America from Columbus to Trump. It has been a quite a while since I?ve been this impressed by a history book (and my shelves testify how much of them I read). These Truths is a splendidly written account that the au...

    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. Lep...

    Whenever you read an ambitious work of history written by a single author (Gibbon's Decline and Fall and Taruskin's History of Western Music come to mind), you first have to marvel at the accomplishment and then, over the course of careful reading and evaluation, come to find just how ...

    A beautifully written book, an expansive one-volume history of the United States from Christopher Columbus to the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. I appreciated several things about this book. First, the author threads a needle between the celebratory and hyper-critical research. She...

    I learned something on every page and thought ?I wish I had written that!? much more frequently. It?s a stunning thing, to produce a single volume of American history this sweeping and compelling and richly written. Of course, it?s impossible to include everything, and there we...

    Jill Lepore makes it easy to read authoritative accounts of our history as a nation. She is already a venerable historian. These Truths offers two things that I crave when I?m reading/learning history: context, and a penetrating commitment to seek truth in terms of what they were th...

    Great background for the current political era Having not taken us history since 1996, I found this sweeping overview that is unabashedly through the lens of the modern era to be extremely helpful in understanding just how much of the current political invective has been part of the...

    I heartily recommend that people interested in American History - thoughtful American History - read this book. It is a well-written, thoughtful, and enlightening statement on the history of the US from 1492 until the Presidential Election of 2016. Jill Lenore is a Professor of Hist...

    American historian and frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Jill Lepore, in ?These Truths, a History of the United States,?? presents nearly 800 pages of compelling American history that many of us might not have learned in the classroom. Considering the ?American experim...

    Had I stopped reading this book before she reached the last 100 pages, my rating would be 5 stars. This is a terrific and very readable American history. Her focus on race, on class, on the press, on the pendulum of liberalism and conservatism is convincingly argued. Though I know a fa...

    It?s probably a little early for me to render an opinion - i?m only 12% into the book - but i really want to encourage others to read this. I started highlighting key passages, phrases, quotes, etc. at the outset, and i?ve so far ended up with more text highlighted than not. The ...

    Lepore is my favorite living historian, but the nature of the work means she can?t revel in the details like she does in her more heady historical readings. I hate imagining the ideas her editor forced her to cut from this 1,000~ page behemoth. As is, we get an absolute whirlwind rid...

  • Avid
    Nov 07, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

    Guess I never got around to writing a review (though I could have sworn I did). I'm not going to do so now. I'll simply say this book is wonderful and should be read by everyone who cares about our current situation -- our politics, cultural upheavals, mutual distrust -- and how we got...

    The good news: "only" 809 pp of actual text (hc ed). The bad news: she starts her History with Columbus's voyage of discovery. She starts in Haiti/Hispaniola, and uncritically quotes Bartolome de los Casas 16th C. guess that Hispaniola had a pre-Spanish population of about 3 million, w...

    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. ...

    A history of the United States for our time, that tells the story of America from Columbus to Trump. It has been a quite a while since I?ve been this impressed by a history book (and my shelves testify how much of them I read). These Truths is a splendidly written account that the au...

    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. Lep...

    Whenever you read an ambitious work of history written by a single author (Gibbon's Decline and Fall and Taruskin's History of Western Music come to mind), you first have to marvel at the accomplishment and then, over the course of careful reading and evaluation, come to find just how ...

    A beautifully written book, an expansive one-volume history of the United States from Christopher Columbus to the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. I appreciated several things about this book. First, the author threads a needle between the celebratory and hyper-critical research. She...

    I learned something on every page and thought ?I wish I had written that!? much more frequently. It?s a stunning thing, to produce a single volume of American history this sweeping and compelling and richly written. Of course, it?s impossible to include everything, and there we...

    Jill Lepore makes it easy to read authoritative accounts of our history as a nation. She is already a venerable historian. These Truths offers two things that I crave when I?m reading/learning history: context, and a penetrating commitment to seek truth in terms of what they were th...

    Great background for the current political era Having not taken us history since 1996, I found this sweeping overview that is unabashedly through the lens of the modern era to be extremely helpful in understanding just how much of the current political invective has been part of the...

    I heartily recommend that people interested in American History - thoughtful American History - read this book. It is a well-written, thoughtful, and enlightening statement on the history of the US from 1492 until the Presidential Election of 2016. Jill Lenore is a Professor of Hist...

    American historian and frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Jill Lepore, in ?These Truths, a History of the United States,?? presents nearly 800 pages of compelling American history that many of us might not have learned in the classroom. Considering the ?American experim...

    Had I stopped reading this book before she reached the last 100 pages, my rating would be 5 stars. This is a terrific and very readable American history. Her focus on race, on class, on the press, on the pendulum of liberalism and conservatism is convincingly argued. Though I know a fa...

    It?s probably a little early for me to render an opinion - i?m only 12% into the book - but i really want to encourage others to read this. I started highlighting key passages, phrases, quotes, etc. at the outset, and i?ve so far ended up with more text highlighted than not. The ...

  • Michael Ferro
    Jan 28, 2019

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

  • Raymond
    Dec 07, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    Jan 30, 2019

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

  • Dan Graser
    Dec 06, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

    Guess I never got around to writing a review (though I could have sworn I did). I'm not going to do so now. I'll simply say this book is wonderful and should be read by everyone who cares about our current situation -- our politics, cultural upheavals, mutual distrust -- and how we got...

    The good news: "only" 809 pp of actual text (hc ed). The bad news: she starts her History with Columbus's voyage of discovery. She starts in Haiti/Hispaniola, and uncritically quotes Bartolome de los Casas 16th C. guess that Hispaniola had a pre-Spanish population of about 3 million, w...

    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. ...

    A history of the United States for our time, that tells the story of America from Columbus to Trump. It has been a quite a while since I?ve been this impressed by a history book (and my shelves testify how much of them I read). These Truths is a splendidly written account that the au...

    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. Lep...

    Whenever you read an ambitious work of history written by a single author (Gibbon's Decline and Fall and Taruskin's History of Western Music come to mind), you first have to marvel at the accomplishment and then, over the course of careful reading and evaluation, come to find just how ...

  • Peter Tillman
    Oct 27, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

    Guess I never got around to writing a review (though I could have sworn I did). I'm not going to do so now. I'll simply say this book is wonderful and should be read by everyone who cares about our current situation -- our politics, cultural upheavals, mutual distrust -- and how we got...

    The good news: "only" 809 pp of actual text (hc ed). The bad news: she starts her History with Columbus's voyage of discovery. She starts in Haiti/Hispaniola, and uncritically quotes Bartolome de los Casas 16th C. guess that Hispaniola had a pre-Spanish population of about 3 million, w...

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Dec 09, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

  • Charlie
    Oct 21, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

    Guess I never got around to writing a review (though I could have sworn I did). I'm not going to do so now. I'll simply say this book is wonderful and should be read by everyone who cares about our current situation -- our politics, cultural upheavals, mutual distrust -- and how we got...

    The good news: "only" 809 pp of actual text (hc ed). The bad news: she starts her History with Columbus's voyage of discovery. She starts in Haiti/Hispaniola, and uncritically quotes Bartolome de los Casas 16th C. guess that Hispaniola had a pre-Spanish population of about 3 million, w...

    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. ...

    A history of the United States for our time, that tells the story of America from Columbus to Trump. It has been a quite a while since I?ve been this impressed by a history book (and my shelves testify how much of them I read). These Truths is a splendidly written account that the au...

  • Ryan Boissonneault
    Sep 28, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

  • Sara
    Nov 14, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

    Guess I never got around to writing a review (though I could have sworn I did). I'm not going to do so now. I'll simply say this book is wonderful and should be read by everyone who cares about our current situation -- our politics, cultural upheavals, mutual distrust -- and how we got...

    The good news: "only" 809 pp of actual text (hc ed). The bad news: she starts her History with Columbus's voyage of discovery. She starts in Haiti/Hispaniola, and uncritically quotes Bartolome de los Casas 16th C. guess that Hispaniola had a pre-Spanish population of about 3 million, w...

    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. ...

    A history of the United States for our time, that tells the story of America from Columbus to Trump. It has been a quite a while since I?ve been this impressed by a history book (and my shelves testify how much of them I read). These Truths is a splendidly written account that the au...

    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. Lep...

    Whenever you read an ambitious work of history written by a single author (Gibbon's Decline and Fall and Taruskin's History of Western Music come to mind), you first have to marvel at the accomplishment and then, over the course of careful reading and evaluation, come to find just how ...

    A beautifully written book, an expansive one-volume history of the United States from Christopher Columbus to the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. I appreciated several things about this book. First, the author threads a needle between the celebratory and hyper-critical research. She...

    I learned something on every page and thought ?I wish I had written that!? much more frequently. It?s a stunning thing, to produce a single volume of American history this sweeping and compelling and richly written. Of course, it?s impossible to include everything, and there we...

    Jill Lepore makes it easy to read authoritative accounts of our history as a nation. She is already a venerable historian. These Truths offers two things that I crave when I?m reading/learning history: context, and a penetrating commitment to seek truth in terms of what they were th...

    Great background for the current political era Having not taken us history since 1996, I found this sweeping overview that is unabashedly through the lens of the modern era to be extremely helpful in understanding just how much of the current political invective has been part of the...

  • Mike Zickar
    Jan 15, 2019

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

    Guess I never got around to writing a review (though I could have sworn I did). I'm not going to do so now. I'll simply say this book is wonderful and should be read by everyone who cares about our current situation -- our politics, cultural upheavals, mutual distrust -- and how we got...

    The good news: "only" 809 pp of actual text (hc ed). The bad news: she starts her History with Columbus's voyage of discovery. She starts in Haiti/Hispaniola, and uncritically quotes Bartolome de los Casas 16th C. guess that Hispaniola had a pre-Spanish population of about 3 million, w...

    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. ...

    A history of the United States for our time, that tells the story of America from Columbus to Trump. It has been a quite a while since I?ve been this impressed by a history book (and my shelves testify how much of them I read). These Truths is a splendidly written account that the au...

    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. Lep...

    Whenever you read an ambitious work of history written by a single author (Gibbon's Decline and Fall and Taruskin's History of Western Music come to mind), you first have to marvel at the accomplishment and then, over the course of careful reading and evaluation, come to find just how ...

    A beautifully written book, an expansive one-volume history of the United States from Christopher Columbus to the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. I appreciated several things about this book. First, the author threads a needle between the celebratory and hyper-critical research. She...

  • Bruce Katz
    Nov 17, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

    Guess I never got around to writing a review (though I could have sworn I did). I'm not going to do so now. I'll simply say this book is wonderful and should be read by everyone who cares about our current situation -- our politics, cultural upheavals, mutual distrust -- and how we got...

  • Sue
    Jan 09, 2019

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

    Guess I never got around to writing a review (though I could have sworn I did). I'm not going to do so now. I'll simply say this book is wonderful and should be read by everyone who cares about our current situation -- our politics, cultural upheavals, mutual distrust -- and how we got...

    The good news: "only" 809 pp of actual text (hc ed). The bad news: she starts her History with Columbus's voyage of discovery. She starts in Haiti/Hispaniola, and uncritically quotes Bartolome de los Casas 16th C. guess that Hispaniola had a pre-Spanish population of about 3 million, w...

    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. ...

    A history of the United States for our time, that tells the story of America from Columbus to Trump. It has been a quite a while since I?ve been this impressed by a history book (and my shelves testify how much of them I read). These Truths is a splendidly written account that the au...

    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. Lep...

    Whenever you read an ambitious work of history written by a single author (Gibbon's Decline and Fall and Taruskin's History of Western Music come to mind), you first have to marvel at the accomplishment and then, over the course of careful reading and evaluation, come to find just how ...

    A beautifully written book, an expansive one-volume history of the United States from Christopher Columbus to the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. I appreciated several things about this book. First, the author threads a needle between the celebratory and hyper-critical research. She...

    I learned something on every page and thought ?I wish I had written that!? much more frequently. It?s a stunning thing, to produce a single volume of American history this sweeping and compelling and richly written. Of course, it?s impossible to include everything, and there we...

    Jill Lepore makes it easy to read authoritative accounts of our history as a nation. She is already a venerable historian. These Truths offers two things that I crave when I?m reading/learning history: context, and a penetrating commitment to seek truth in terms of what they were th...

    Great background for the current political era Having not taken us history since 1996, I found this sweeping overview that is unabashedly through the lens of the modern era to be extremely helpful in understanding just how much of the current political invective has been part of the...

    I heartily recommend that people interested in American History - thoughtful American History - read this book. It is a well-written, thoughtful, and enlightening statement on the history of the US from 1492 until the Presidential Election of 2016. Jill Lenore is a Professor of Hist...

    American historian and frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Jill Lepore, in ?These Truths, a History of the United States,?? presents nearly 800 pages of compelling American history that many of us might not have learned in the classroom. Considering the ?American experim...

    Had I stopped reading this book before she reached the last 100 pages, my rating would be 5 stars. This is a terrific and very readable American history. Her focus on race, on class, on the press, on the pendulum of liberalism and conservatism is convincingly argued. Though I know a fa...

    It?s probably a little early for me to render an opinion - i?m only 12% into the book - but i really want to encourage others to read this. I started highlighting key passages, phrases, quotes, etc. at the outset, and i?ve so far ended up with more text highlighted than not. The ...

    Lepore is my favorite living historian, but the nature of the work means she can?t revel in the details like she does in her more heady historical readings. I hate imagining the ideas her editor forced her to cut from this 1,000~ page behemoth. As is, we get an absolute whirlwind rid...

    Lepore explores the "self-evident truths" of America as each generation understood and practiced them. It is a book that asks the question, what is America and who is American? Why I started this book: Recently arrived at the library and I thought that it looked good... not realizi...

    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...

    Thank you to Goodreads for the opportunity to read These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lenore. I wanted to love it. I had read a lot about it and anticipated it with enthusiasm. It?s a very big book, not something I would normally tackle. It is engaging, quickly draw...

  • Caroline
    Oct 18, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

    Guess I never got around to writing a review (though I could have sworn I did). I'm not going to do so now. I'll simply say this book is wonderful and should be read by everyone who cares about our current situation -- our politics, cultural upheavals, mutual distrust -- and how we got...

    The good news: "only" 809 pp of actual text (hc ed). The bad news: she starts her History with Columbus's voyage of discovery. She starts in Haiti/Hispaniola, and uncritically quotes Bartolome de los Casas 16th C. guess that Hispaniola had a pre-Spanish population of about 3 million, w...

    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. ...

    A history of the United States for our time, that tells the story of America from Columbus to Trump. It has been a quite a while since I?ve been this impressed by a history book (and my shelves testify how much of them I read). These Truths is a splendidly written account that the au...

    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. Lep...

    Whenever you read an ambitious work of history written by a single author (Gibbon's Decline and Fall and Taruskin's History of Western Music come to mind), you first have to marvel at the accomplishment and then, over the course of careful reading and evaluation, come to find just how ...

    A beautifully written book, an expansive one-volume history of the United States from Christopher Columbus to the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. I appreciated several things about this book. First, the author threads a needle between the celebratory and hyper-critical research. She...

    I learned something on every page and thought ?I wish I had written that!? much more frequently. It?s a stunning thing, to produce a single volume of American history this sweeping and compelling and richly written. Of course, it?s impossible to include everything, and there we...

    Jill Lepore makes it easy to read authoritative accounts of our history as a nation. She is already a venerable historian. These Truths offers two things that I crave when I?m reading/learning history: context, and a penetrating commitment to seek truth in terms of what they were th...

    Great background for the current political era Having not taken us history since 1996, I found this sweeping overview that is unabashedly through the lens of the modern era to be extremely helpful in understanding just how much of the current political invective has been part of the...

    I heartily recommend that people interested in American History - thoughtful American History - read this book. It is a well-written, thoughtful, and enlightening statement on the history of the US from 1492 until the Presidential Election of 2016. Jill Lenore is a Professor of Hist...

    American historian and frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Jill Lepore, in ?These Truths, a History of the United States,?? presents nearly 800 pages of compelling American history that many of us might not have learned in the classroom. Considering the ?American experim...

    Had I stopped reading this book before she reached the last 100 pages, my rating would be 5 stars. This is a terrific and very readable American history. Her focus on race, on class, on the press, on the pendulum of liberalism and conservatism is convincingly argued. Though I know a fa...

    It?s probably a little early for me to render an opinion - i?m only 12% into the book - but i really want to encourage others to read this. I started highlighting key passages, phrases, quotes, etc. at the outset, and i?ve so far ended up with more text highlighted than not. The ...

    Lepore is my favorite living historian, but the nature of the work means she can?t revel in the details like she does in her more heady historical readings. I hate imagining the ideas her editor forced her to cut from this 1,000~ page behemoth. As is, we get an absolute whirlwind rid...

    Lepore explores the "self-evident truths" of America as each generation understood and practiced them. It is a book that asks the question, what is America and who is American? Why I started this book: Recently arrived at the library and I thought that it looked good... not realizi...

    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...

  • Linda
    Feb 07, 2019

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

    Guess I never got around to writing a review (though I could have sworn I did). I'm not going to do so now. I'll simply say this book is wonderful and should be read by everyone who cares about our current situation -- our politics, cultural upheavals, mutual distrust -- and how we got...

    The good news: "only" 809 pp of actual text (hc ed). The bad news: she starts her History with Columbus's voyage of discovery. She starts in Haiti/Hispaniola, and uncritically quotes Bartolome de los Casas 16th C. guess that Hispaniola had a pre-Spanish population of about 3 million, w...

    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. ...

    A history of the United States for our time, that tells the story of America from Columbus to Trump. It has been a quite a while since I?ve been this impressed by a history book (and my shelves testify how much of them I read). These Truths is a splendidly written account that the au...

    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. Lep...

    Whenever you read an ambitious work of history written by a single author (Gibbon's Decline and Fall and Taruskin's History of Western Music come to mind), you first have to marvel at the accomplishment and then, over the course of careful reading and evaluation, come to find just how ...

    A beautifully written book, an expansive one-volume history of the United States from Christopher Columbus to the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. I appreciated several things about this book. First, the author threads a needle between the celebratory and hyper-critical research. She...

    I learned something on every page and thought ?I wish I had written that!? much more frequently. It?s a stunning thing, to produce a single volume of American history this sweeping and compelling and richly written. Of course, it?s impossible to include everything, and there we...

    Jill Lepore makes it easy to read authoritative accounts of our history as a nation. She is already a venerable historian. These Truths offers two things that I crave when I?m reading/learning history: context, and a penetrating commitment to seek truth in terms of what they were th...

    Great background for the current political era Having not taken us history since 1996, I found this sweeping overview that is unabashedly through the lens of the modern era to be extremely helpful in understanding just how much of the current political invective has been part of the...

    I heartily recommend that people interested in American History - thoughtful American History - read this book. It is a well-written, thoughtful, and enlightening statement on the history of the US from 1492 until the Presidential Election of 2016. Jill Lenore is a Professor of Hist...

    American historian and frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Jill Lepore, in ?These Truths, a History of the United States,?? presents nearly 800 pages of compelling American history that many of us might not have learned in the classroom. Considering the ?American experim...

    Had I stopped reading this book before she reached the last 100 pages, my rating would be 5 stars. This is a terrific and very readable American history. Her focus on race, on class, on the press, on the pendulum of liberalism and conservatism is convincingly argued. Though I know a fa...

  • Claire Reads Books
    Feb 05, 2019

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

  • Bill Lucey
    Dec 25, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

    Guess I never got around to writing a review (though I could have sworn I did). I'm not going to do so now. I'll simply say this book is wonderful and should be read by everyone who cares about our current situation -- our politics, cultural upheavals, mutual distrust -- and how we got...

    The good news: "only" 809 pp of actual text (hc ed). The bad news: she starts her History with Columbus's voyage of discovery. She starts in Haiti/Hispaniola, and uncritically quotes Bartolome de los Casas 16th C. guess that Hispaniola had a pre-Spanish population of about 3 million, w...

    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. ...

    A history of the United States for our time, that tells the story of America from Columbus to Trump. It has been a quite a while since I?ve been this impressed by a history book (and my shelves testify how much of them I read). These Truths is a splendidly written account that the au...

    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. Lep...

    Whenever you read an ambitious work of history written by a single author (Gibbon's Decline and Fall and Taruskin's History of Western Music come to mind), you first have to marvel at the accomplishment and then, over the course of careful reading and evaluation, come to find just how ...

    A beautifully written book, an expansive one-volume history of the United States from Christopher Columbus to the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. I appreciated several things about this book. First, the author threads a needle between the celebratory and hyper-critical research. She...

    I learned something on every page and thought ?I wish I had written that!? much more frequently. It?s a stunning thing, to produce a single volume of American history this sweeping and compelling and richly written. Of course, it?s impossible to include everything, and there we...

    Jill Lepore makes it easy to read authoritative accounts of our history as a nation. She is already a venerable historian. These Truths offers two things that I crave when I?m reading/learning history: context, and a penetrating commitment to seek truth in terms of what they were th...

    Great background for the current political era Having not taken us history since 1996, I found this sweeping overview that is unabashedly through the lens of the modern era to be extremely helpful in understanding just how much of the current political invective has been part of the...

    I heartily recommend that people interested in American History - thoughtful American History - read this book. It is a well-written, thoughtful, and enlightening statement on the history of the US from 1492 until the Presidential Election of 2016. Jill Lenore is a Professor of Hist...

    American historian and frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Jill Lepore, in ?These Truths, a History of the United States,?? presents nearly 800 pages of compelling American history that many of us might not have learned in the classroom. Considering the ?American experim...

  • Mark Burris
    Oct 04, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

    Guess I never got around to writing a review (though I could have sworn I did). I'm not going to do so now. I'll simply say this book is wonderful and should be read by everyone who cares about our current situation -- our politics, cultural upheavals, mutual distrust -- and how we got...

    The good news: "only" 809 pp of actual text (hc ed). The bad news: she starts her History with Columbus's voyage of discovery. She starts in Haiti/Hispaniola, and uncritically quotes Bartolome de los Casas 16th C. guess that Hispaniola had a pre-Spanish population of about 3 million, w...

    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. ...

    A history of the United States for our time, that tells the story of America from Columbus to Trump. It has been a quite a while since I?ve been this impressed by a history book (and my shelves testify how much of them I read). These Truths is a splendidly written account that the au...

    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. Lep...

  • Marks54
    Nov 06, 2018

    Q With this history I have told a story... (c) ?Just my unpopular opinion. What's most interesting is that there isn't all that much history to speak about. In all due seriousness, it has been what? 2 centuries? 3? Not quite. Before doing the 'sweeping volumes of history...

    Jill Lepore's These Truths is a massive (932 pages) and beautifully-written new history of the United States from Columbus to the Age of Donald Trump. It raises the critically important question of whether a nation founded on the principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence ...

    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 loyalis...

    One of my favorite genres to read in nonfiction are broad, sweeping narratives of American history. Thus, when I heard about THESE TRUTHS last year, I couldn't pick up a copy fast enough. And folks, let me tell you: this one does not disappoint. Jill Lepore is an absolute phenom when i...

    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 ou...

    Oof. This is a very, very good book. Difficult at times, depressing at others, always well-written, well-put together. ...

    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 wha...

    "To study the past is to unlock the prison of the present." "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden." "To write something down is to make a fossil record of a mind." -Jill Lepore History lovers will delight in this one volume political history of the United States. I ...

    In this work, Jill Lepore creates a civics book for the rest of us. Spanning the depth and breadth of American history, Lepore weaves together both summary and synthesis of other historians' work to create an informative tome, including her own. If you're looking for the one book on Am...

    4.5 ? No "comprehensive" book of United States history will ever be just that?there is simply too much to fit into even 900+ pages. But in These Truths, Jill Lepore selects and synthesizes events, details, and documents that create a picture of the vast sweep of American history?...

    Lepore wrote this book in the wake of 2016 and it shows in the narrative arc. The history starts out as the usually admiring but ambivalent tale told by a liberal historian. Accounts of discovery and plunder, of self-government and the original sin of slavery, told very well but up to...

    I'm reading this in four parts (because I can't handle 900+ pages in one go). I'm treating each part as a "book" for the purposes of my GR reviews (so that this book isn't lingering on my "Currently Reading" shelf for 12 months or so). Book One "The Idea" 1492 - 1799 (read from 12/...

    Guess I never got around to writing a review (though I could have sworn I did). I'm not going to do so now. I'll simply say this book is wonderful and should be read by everyone who cares about our current situation -- our politics, cultural upheavals, mutual distrust -- and how we got...

    The good news: "only" 809 pp of actual text (hc ed). The bad news: she starts her History with Columbus's voyage of discovery. She starts in Haiti/Hispaniola, and uncritically quotes Bartolome de los Casas 16th C. guess that Hispaniola had a pre-Spanish population of about 3 million, w...

    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. ...

    A history of the United States for our time, that tells the story of America from Columbus to Trump. It has been a quite a while since I?ve been this impressed by a history book (and my shelves testify how much of them I read). These Truths is a splendidly written account that the au...

    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. Lep...

    Whenever you read an ambitious work of history written by a single author (Gibbon's Decline and Fall and Taruskin's History of Western Music come to mind), you first have to marvel at the accomplishment and then, over the course of careful reading and evaluation, come to find just how ...

    A beautifully written book, an expansive one-volume history of the United States from Christopher Columbus to the Presidency of Donald J. Trump. I appreciated several things about this book. First, the author threads a needle between the celebratory and hyper-critical research. She...

    I learned something on every page and thought ?I wish I had written that!? much more frequently. It?s a stunning thing, to produce a single volume of American history this sweeping and compelling and richly written. Of course, it?s impossible to include everything, and there we...

    Jill Lepore makes it easy to read authoritative accounts of our history as a nation. She is already a venerable historian. These Truths offers two things that I crave when I?m reading/learning history: context, and a penetrating commitment to seek truth in terms of what they were th...

    Great background for the current political era Having not taken us history since 1996, I found this sweeping overview that is unabashedly through the lens of the modern era to be extremely helpful in understanding just how much of the current political invective has been part of the...

    I heartily recommend that people interested in American History - thoughtful American History - read this book. It is a well-written, thoughtful, and enlightening statement on the history of the US from 1492 until the Presidential Election of 2016. Jill Lenore is a Professor of Hist...