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

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

  • Zach
    Oct 16, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Heard about on the Fully Booked Podcast at https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Ji... ...

    I tried. I really did try. But this is just dull. I've vowed not to carry over into next year anything I'm struggling with, so this is getting canned. Next, please. ...

    Jill Lepore, professor of American History at Harvard University, staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of many books, including her latest, These Truths: A History of the United States, talks about her new take on the full scope of U.S. history - an exploration of how well A...

    Lepore?s ?These Truths? is a fine single volume history of the US. As is the case with such works, it sheds light on continuities and particular moments but it can?t give more than a glance to long periods of time. I was struck by how central to the country?s history was race...

    I won a kindle version of this book through Goodreads. While I won a Kindle version, I decided to check it out from the library because I prefer paper books. I've had the book for 2 weeks and have read less than 200 pages. Due to a wait list, I have to return the book to the library an...

    Excellent! Lepore does a wonderful job highlighting the threads that weave through our history. This would be an amazing text for high school students, although schools would probably reject it for not prettifying the story. (We do enjoy our collective origin myths). The book covers ou...

    This book should be added to the curriculum for all high schools. Lepore looks at U.S. history through the lens of how we've lived up to "...all men are created equal." Clearly we have yet to meet that ideal. My only complaint is that this is a one-volume book, so there is not a deep d...

    To live in such a country. To read such a book! Tackle the joy of an unrestrained civics education by reading this honest, questioning account of a past explored in light of founding principles. With all the insight ?These Truths? contains, its version of history makes the learning...

    Out of 900 or so pages, I think I learned something I didn't know on just about every other page. While the rigor and depth of her analysis breaks down somewhat after about 9/11, her ability to weave the history you know with the history you didn't know through every era is fascinating...

    A mostly interesting read on how racism/technology/media/etc. has affected our country. If you aren't pessimistic about the future of the country now just wait until you read this book. As a political independent it was interesting to me on where the author placed blame for the current...

    A very readable, engaging, illuminating, and sobering history of America. ...

    This is the book I want my kids to use in their AP US History classes in high school. Please. I'm begging. Covers everything but covers the world inside the worlds. What a gift. ...

  • Mehrsa
    Oct 11, 2018

    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...

    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...

  • Suellen
    Sep 18, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Heard about on the Fully Booked Podcast at https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Ji... ...

  • Jeremy Neely
    Nov 29, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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. ...

  • Mike
    Sep 17, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

  • Raymond
    Dec 07, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

  • Nina
    Oct 31, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Heard about on the Fully Booked Podcast at https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Ji... ...

    I tried. I really did try. But this is just dull. I've vowed not to carry over into next year anything I'm struggling with, so this is getting canned. Next, please. ...

    Jill Lepore, professor of American History at Harvard University, staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of many books, including her latest, These Truths: A History of the United States, talks about her new take on the full scope of U.S. history - an exploration of how well A...

    Lepore?s ?These Truths? is a fine single volume history of the US. As is the case with such works, it sheds light on continuities and particular moments but it can?t give more than a glance to long periods of time. I was struck by how central to the country?s history was race...

    I won a kindle version of this book through Goodreads. While I won a Kindle version, I decided to check it out from the library because I prefer paper books. I've had the book for 2 weeks and have read less than 200 pages. Due to a wait list, I have to return the book to the library an...

    Excellent! Lepore does a wonderful job highlighting the threads that weave through our history. This would be an amazing text for high school students, although schools would probably reject it for not prettifying the story. (We do enjoy our collective origin myths). The book covers ou...

  • Campbell
    Dec 08, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Heard about on the Fully Booked Podcast at https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Ji... ...

    I tried. I really did try. But this is just dull. I've vowed not to carry over into next year anything I'm struggling with, so this is getting canned. Next, please. ...

  • Dan Graser
    Dec 06, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Drew Zagorski
    Dec 02, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Heard about on the Fully Booked Podcast at https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Ji... ...

    I tried. I really did try. But this is just dull. I've vowed not to carry over into next year anything I'm struggling with, so this is getting canned. Next, please. ...

    Jill Lepore, professor of American History at Harvard University, staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of many books, including her latest, These Truths: A History of the United States, talks about her new take on the full scope of U.S. history - an exploration of how well A...

    Lepore?s ?These Truths? is a fine single volume history of the US. As is the case with such works, it sheds light on continuities and particular moments but it can?t give more than a glance to long periods of time. I was struck by how central to the country?s history was race...

    I won a kindle version of this book through Goodreads. While I won a Kindle version, I decided to check it out from the library because I prefer paper books. I've had the book for 2 weeks and have read less than 200 pages. Due to a wait list, I have to return the book to the library an...

    Excellent! Lepore does a wonderful job highlighting the threads that weave through our history. This would be an amazing text for high school students, although schools would probably reject it for not prettifying the story. (We do enjoy our collective origin myths). The book covers ou...

    This book should be added to the curriculum for all high schools. Lepore looks at U.S. history through the lens of how we've lived up to "...all men are created equal." Clearly we have yet to meet that ideal. My only complaint is that this is a one-volume book, so there is not a deep d...

  • Peter Tillman
    Oct 27, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

  • Amy
    Nov 23, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Heard about on the Fully Booked Podcast at https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Ji... ...

    I tried. I really did try. But this is just dull. I've vowed not to carry over into next year anything I'm struggling with, so this is getting canned. Next, please. ...

    Jill Lepore, professor of American History at Harvard University, staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of many books, including her latest, These Truths: A History of the United States, talks about her new take on the full scope of U.S. history - an exploration of how well A...

    Lepore?s ?These Truths? is a fine single volume history of the US. As is the case with such works, it sheds light on continuities and particular moments but it can?t give more than a glance to long periods of time. I was struck by how central to the country?s history was race...

    I won a kindle version of this book through Goodreads. While I won a Kindle version, I decided to check it out from the library because I prefer paper books. I've had the book for 2 weeks and have read less than 200 pages. Due to a wait list, I have to return the book to the library an...

    Excellent! Lepore does a wonderful job highlighting the threads that weave through our history. This would be an amazing text for high school students, although schools would probably reject it for not prettifying the story. (We do enjoy our collective origin myths). The book covers ou...

    This book should be added to the curriculum for all high schools. Lepore looks at U.S. history through the lens of how we've lived up to "...all men are created equal." Clearly we have yet to meet that ideal. My only complaint is that this is a one-volume book, so there is not a deep d...

    To live in such a country. To read such a book! Tackle the joy of an unrestrained civics education by reading this honest, questioning account of a past explored in light of founding principles. With all the insight ?These Truths? contains, its version of history makes the learning...

    Out of 900 or so pages, I think I learned something I didn't know on just about every other page. While the rigor and depth of her analysis breaks down somewhat after about 9/11, her ability to weave the history you know with the history you didn't know through every era is fascinating...

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Dec 09, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

  • Joanne Annabannabobanna
    Sep 21, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Heard about on the Fully Booked Podcast at https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Ji... ...

    I tried. I really did try. But this is just dull. I've vowed not to carry over into next year anything I'm struggling with, so this is getting canned. Next, please. ...

    Jill Lepore, professor of American History at Harvard University, staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of many books, including her latest, These Truths: A History of the United States, talks about her new take on the full scope of U.S. history - an exploration of how well A...

  • Antonio Nunez
    Nov 21, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Heard about on the Fully Booked Podcast at https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Ji... ...

    I tried. I really did try. But this is just dull. I've vowed not to carry over into next year anything I'm struggling with, so this is getting canned. Next, please. ...

    Jill Lepore, professor of American History at Harvard University, staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of many books, including her latest, These Truths: A History of the United States, talks about her new take on the full scope of U.S. history - an exploration of how well A...

    Lepore?s ?These Truths? is a fine single volume history of the US. As is the case with such works, it sheds light on continuities and particular moments but it can?t give more than a glance to long periods of time. I was struck by how central to the country?s history was race...

  • Ryan Boissonneault
    Sep 28, 2018

    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...

  • Holly Lofgreen
    Nov 07, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Heard about on the Fully Booked Podcast at https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Ji... ...

    I tried. I really did try. But this is just dull. I've vowed not to carry over into next year anything I'm struggling with, so this is getting canned. Next, please. ...

    Jill Lepore, professor of American History at Harvard University, staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of many books, including her latest, These Truths: A History of the United States, talks about her new take on the full scope of U.S. history - an exploration of how well A...

    Lepore?s ?These Truths? is a fine single volume history of the US. As is the case with such works, it sheds light on continuities and particular moments but it can?t give more than a glance to long periods of time. I was struck by how central to the country?s history was race...

    I won a kindle version of this book through Goodreads. While I won a Kindle version, I decided to check it out from the library because I prefer paper books. I've had the book for 2 weeks and have read less than 200 pages. Due to a wait list, I have to return the book to the library an...

    Excellent! Lepore does a wonderful job highlighting the threads that weave through our history. This would be an amazing text for high school students, although schools would probably reject it for not prettifying the story. (We do enjoy our collective origin myths). The book covers ou...

    This book should be added to the curriculum for all high schools. Lepore looks at U.S. history through the lens of how we've lived up to "...all men are created equal." Clearly we have yet to meet that ideal. My only complaint is that this is a one-volume book, so there is not a deep d...

    To live in such a country. To read such a book! Tackle the joy of an unrestrained civics education by reading this honest, questioning account of a past explored in light of founding principles. With all the insight ?These Truths? contains, its version of history makes the learning...

  • Sara
    Nov 14, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Caroline
    Oct 18, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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...

  • Jt
    Nov 15, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Heard about on the Fully Booked Podcast at https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Ji... ...

    I tried. I really did try. But this is just dull. I've vowed not to carry over into next year anything I'm struggling with, so this is getting canned. Next, please. ...

    Jill Lepore, professor of American History at Harvard University, staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of many books, including her latest, These Truths: A History of the United States, talks about her new take on the full scope of U.S. history - an exploration of how well A...

    Lepore?s ?These Truths? is a fine single volume history of the US. As is the case with such works, it sheds light on continuities and particular moments but it can?t give more than a glance to long periods of time. I was struck by how central to the country?s history was race...

    I won a kindle version of this book through Goodreads. While I won a Kindle version, I decided to check it out from the library because I prefer paper books. I've had the book for 2 weeks and have read less than 200 pages. Due to a wait list, I have to return the book to the library an...

    Excellent! Lepore does a wonderful job highlighting the threads that weave through our history. This would be an amazing text for high school students, although schools would probably reject it for not prettifying the story. (We do enjoy our collective origin myths). The book covers ou...

    This book should be added to the curriculum for all high schools. Lepore looks at U.S. history through the lens of how we've lived up to "...all men are created equal." Clearly we have yet to meet that ideal. My only complaint is that this is a one-volume book, so there is not a deep d...

    To live in such a country. To read such a book! Tackle the joy of an unrestrained civics education by reading this honest, questioning account of a past explored in light of founding principles. With all the insight ?These Truths? contains, its version of history makes the learning...

    Out of 900 or so pages, I think I learned something I didn't know on just about every other page. While the rigor and depth of her analysis breaks down somewhat after about 9/11, her ability to weave the history you know with the history you didn't know through every era is fascinating...

    A mostly interesting read on how racism/technology/media/etc. has affected our country. If you aren't pessimistic about the future of the country now just wait until you read this book. As a political independent it was interesting to me on where the author placed blame for the current...

    A very readable, engaging, illuminating, and sobering history of America. ...

  • Mark Burris
    Oct 04, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Porter Broyles
    Nov 20, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Heard about on the Fully Booked Podcast at https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Ji... ...

    I tried. I really did try. But this is just dull. I've vowed not to carry over into next year anything I'm struggling with, so this is getting canned. Next, please. ...

    Jill Lepore, professor of American History at Harvard University, staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of many books, including her latest, These Truths: A History of the United States, talks about her new take on the full scope of U.S. history - an exploration of how well A...

    Lepore?s ?These Truths? is a fine single volume history of the US. As is the case with such works, it sheds light on continuities and particular moments but it can?t give more than a glance to long periods of time. I was struck by how central to the country?s history was race...

    I won a kindle version of this book through Goodreads. While I won a Kindle version, I decided to check it out from the library because I prefer paper books. I've had the book for 2 weeks and have read less than 200 pages. Due to a wait list, I have to return the book to the library an...

  • Marks54
    Nov 06, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

    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...

  • Dutch10k
    Nov 30, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    "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 ...

    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...

    960 pages! Which gives one pause. But she is such a good writer.... A good review, at NYRB: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/10... Excerpt: "... at the time of Christopher Columbus?s voyage, Lepore notes, the Americas already contained more people than Europe. Three million Ta?...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Oof ... i want to read this, but ... 960 pages?! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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...

    Heard about on the Fully Booked Podcast at https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Ji... ...

    I tried. I really did try. But this is just dull. I've vowed not to carry over into next year anything I'm struggling with, so this is getting canned. Next, please. ...

    Jill Lepore, professor of American History at Harvard University, staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of many books, including her latest, These Truths: A History of the United States, talks about her new take on the full scope of U.S. history - an exploration of how well A...

    Lepore?s ?These Truths? is a fine single volume history of the US. As is the case with such works, it sheds light on continuities and particular moments but it can?t give more than a glance to long periods of time. I was struck by how central to the country?s history was race...

    I won a kindle version of this book through Goodreads. While I won a Kindle version, I decided to check it out from the library because I prefer paper books. I've had the book for 2 weeks and have read less than 200 pages. Due to a wait list, I have to return the book to the library an...

    Excellent! Lepore does a wonderful job highlighting the threads that weave through our history. This would be an amazing text for high school students, although schools would probably reject it for not prettifying the story. (We do enjoy our collective origin myths). The book covers ou...

    This book should be added to the curriculum for all high schools. Lepore looks at U.S. history through the lens of how we've lived up to "...all men are created equal." Clearly we have yet to meet that ideal. My only complaint is that this is a one-volume book, so there is not a deep d...

    To live in such a country. To read such a book! Tackle the joy of an unrestrained civics education by reading this honest, questioning account of a past explored in light of founding principles. With all the insight ?These Truths? contains, its version of history makes the learning...

    Out of 900 or so pages, I think I learned something I didn't know on just about every other page. While the rigor and depth of her analysis breaks down somewhat after about 9/11, her ability to weave the history you know with the history you didn't know through every era is fascinating...

    A mostly interesting read on how racism/technology/media/etc. has affected our country. If you aren't pessimistic about the future of the country now just wait until you read this book. As a political independent it was interesting to me on where the author placed blame for the current...