Items related to These Truths: A History of the United States

These Truths: A History of the United States

4.41 avg rating
( 9,232 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780393635249: These Truths: A History of the United States
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

New York Times Bestseller

In the most ambitious one volume American history in decades, award winning historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation, an urgently needed reckoning with the beauty and tragedy of American history.

Written in elegiac prose, Lepore’s groundbreaking investigation places truth itself―a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence―at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas―"these truths," Jefferson called them―political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, Lepore argues, because self government depends on it. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise?

These Truths tells this uniquely American story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation’s truths, or belied them. To answer that question, Lepore traces the intertwined histories of American politics, law, journalism, and technology, from the colonial town meeting to the nineteenth century party machine, from talk radio to twenty first century Internet polls, from Magna Carta to the Patriot Act, from the printing press to Facebook News.

Along the way, Lepore’s sovereign chronicle is filled with arresting sketches of both well known and lesser known Americans, from a parade of presidents and a rogues’ gallery of political mischief makers to the intrepid leaders of protest movements, including Frederick Douglass, the famed abolitionist orator; William Jennings Bryan, the three time presidential candidate and ultimately tragic populist; Pauli Murray, the visionary civil rights strategist; and Phyllis Schlafly, the uncredited architect of modern conservatism.

Americans are descended from slaves and slave owners, from conquerors and the conquered, from immigrants and from people who have fought to end immigration. "A nation born in contradiction will fight forever over the meaning of its history," Lepore writes, but engaging in that struggle by studying the past is part of the work of citizenship. "The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden," These Truths observes. "It can’t be shirked. There’s nothing for it but to get to know it."

127 illustrations

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

An Amazon Best Book of September 2018:: It takes an ambitious historian to write a single volume history of the United States: Enter Jill Lepore, Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer. These Truths sets out first to remind people how the United States got its start. The “truths,” as Thomas Jefferson called them, were political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. But Lepore also notes that history is a form of inquiry, something to be questioned, discussed, disputed. Has this country lived up to These Truths? she asks. The answer, as you might expect, is yes and no (though more yes than no). And the book itself is engrossing and even-handed, examining our contradictions—like a land of liberty supporting slavery—and singling out important historical figures, some well-known—like Benjamin Franklin—as well as others who were key voices in their time, but have since been left on history’s curb—like Mary Lease, leading voice of the People’s Party. As the book traces wars, policy decisions, and national debates, one can’t help but feel that the arguments we are seeing today have been carried out all throughout our history. When the final chapter (America, Disrupted) brings us to Obama, and then Trump, the narrative has lost no steam—rather, it has coalesced into a national story approaching coherence, something resembling the Founding Fathers’ more perfect union, though never actually perfect. --Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review

About the Author:

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her many books include The Secret History of Wonder Woman, a national bestseller, and Book of Ages, a finalist for the National Book Award.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780393357424: These Truths: A History of the United States

Featured Edition

ISBN 10: 0393357422 ISBN 13: 9780393357424
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, 2019
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Stock Image

Lepore, Jill
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (2018)
ISBN 10: 0393635244 ISBN 13: 9780393635249
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity: 2
Seller:
QUEVECK
(ELMHURST, NY, U.S.A.)

Book Description Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. NEW. Seller Inventory # ABE-1655460549630

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.85
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Lepore, Jill
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (2018)
ISBN 10: 0393635244 ISBN 13: 9780393635249
New Hardcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
upickbook
(Daly City, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # mon0000231579

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 13.42
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Lepore, Jill
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (2018)
ISBN 10: 0393635244 ISBN 13: 9780393635249
New Hardcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
Campbell Bookstore
(Austin, TX, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Seller Inventory # NewCamp0393635244

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 16.00
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Lepore, Jill
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (2018)
ISBN 10: 0393635244 ISBN 13: 9780393635249
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity: 4
Seller:
QUEVECK
(ELMHURST, NY, U.S.A.)

Book Description Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. NEW. Seller Inventory # ABE-1633955770059

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.01
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Lepore, Jill
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (2018)
ISBN 10: 0393635244 ISBN 13: 9780393635249
New Hardcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
GF Books, Inc.
(Hawthorne, CA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in NEW condition. Seller Inventory # 0393635244-2-1

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.01
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

LEPORE
Published by NORTON (2018)
ISBN 10: 0393635244 ISBN 13: 9780393635249
New Hardcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
My Books Store
(Tallahassee, FL, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: new. Book is in NEW condition. Satisfaction Guaranteed! Fast Customer Service!!. Seller Inventory # MBSN0393635244

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.75
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Lepore, Jill
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (2018)
ISBN 10: 0393635244 ISBN 13: 9780393635249
New Hardcover Quantity: 1
Seller:
Mega Buzz
(Bensalem, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. . Seller Inventory # 531ZZZ00NCQ1_ns

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 28.46
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Lepore, Jill
Published by W. W. Norton & Company (2018)
ISBN 10: 0393635244 ISBN 13: 9780393635249
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity: 5
Seller:
MORE
(OTTAWA, ON, Canada)

Book Description Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. NEW. Seller Inventory # ABE-1636464794679

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 25.30
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

Lepore, Jill
Published by W. W. Norton & Company 9/18/2018 (2018)
ISBN 10: 0393635244 ISBN 13: 9780393635249
New Hardcover Quantity: 5
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Hardback or Cased Book. Condition: New. These Truths: A History of the United States. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780393635249

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 30.10
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

Lepore, Jill
Published by WW Norton Publishers (2018)
ISBN 10: 0393635244 ISBN 13: 9780393635249
New Hardcover Quantity: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)

Book Description Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0393635244

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 26.79
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book