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These Truths
These Truths: A History of the United States | Jill Lepore
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."
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Does anyone else read every part of a book without fail—Introduction, prologue, afterword, acknowledgements etc?

Aims42 I do! And then when I'm in the middle of the 'acknowledgments', I'm always like, “why am I reading this? I don't know any of these people“ - every. single. time LOL 3w
wanderinglynn For me, it depends on the book. If it‘s a book I loved, I‘ll often go back and read those items. But I normally don‘t read them upfront. 3w
LapReader Sure do. Before I start. 3w
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PickingBooks @wanderinglynn That makes sense. 😁 3w
PickingBooks @Aims42 😂 I know!! 3w
rwmg Of course. But if the acknowledgements is just a list of names without any comments, I will skip them. 3w
PickingBooks @rwmg makes sense! 3w
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“The past is an inheritance, a gift and a burden. It can‘t be shirked. You carry it everywhere. There‘s nothing for it but to get to know it.”
-Jill Lepore, These Truths: A History of the United States

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Truth... and beautiful photo 💙 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @PickingBooks you‘re welcome 💗 4w
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Lepore‘s history book isn‘t comprehensive (no Lewis and Clark), but what‘s not there, you won‘t miss. What IS there (a history of polling, for example) will force a long reading list of future follow-ups. Thankfully, it‘s well-annotated. Haven‘t had a history course since college or high school? Boy, are you going to be surprised by what you think you remember and by what you were never taught. Stirringly written. Highly recommended.

Leftcoastzen It looks good to me , I‘m so booked up😂 1mo
Theaelizabet @Leftcoastzen Oh gosh, me, too!🙄 1mo
LyndseyReads I added this to my list after I heard an interview with Lepore. I love her perspective. 1mo
Theaelizabet @LyndseyReads I do, too. I also really liked her Book of Ages, which is about what we do know about colonial women from what we don‘t know about Ben Franklin‘s favorite sister. 1mo
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KimHM
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We cannot cure our current ailments until we understand their causes. Jill Lepore is a great place to begin.

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CaitlinR
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Whether you‘re a history buff or not, make sure you read this book; a wonderful, unique and valuable view of US history. Jill Lepore is brilliant. She tells us “where the dead go”

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charl08
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Newspapers in the early republic weren't incidentally or inadvertently partisan...

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charl08
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Lepore on the contradictory impact of US territories calling for independence from British authorities: Caribbean islands' planters didn't oppose the stamp tax, as they were reliant on British troops. Despite being a slaveholder could still use slavery as a metaphor. Weird.

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Merrellm
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Self -evident that this book is pretty well written!

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suvata
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It took me almost 40 hours to read this book in which I learned more American history than I had in 40 years. LePore covered so much territory that I can‘t remember if I never learned it or if I‘ve just forgotten it. In any event, this is an excellent book for anyone who wants to get a better grasp of what America stands for and what it took to get to where we are today. America is made of people and people are not perfect.

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Waynegjr
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Top 10 books of 2018

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I don‘t read much history but Lepore is a storyteller. Fascinating look at American history and how we‘ve ended up where we are. Thought-provoking, absorbing, and not dry for a minute.

cmiller0 She's so great 6mo
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charl08
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Ouch.

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suvata
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Heard about on the Fully Booked Podcast at https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Jill-Lepore also it was the highest rated book on my TBR. It might take me a while to finish since it‘s close to 1,000 pages.

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cmiller0
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The year? 1934. 🤔

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AlexGeorge
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Have been holding on to this for a while, and am finally getting stuck in. Can‘t wait!

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charl08
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Reading this great tome as a group read on LT. I love this description of the historian's job: not sure it would fit on a CV or badge though...

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RebeccaH
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Finally finished with this! It‘s a great book, putting women, African Americans, Native Americans, immigrants, and other marginalized groups in the spotlight, where they should be. There was a lot of false equivalency in her discussion of modern times, but otherwise, I loved it. Readable and engaging, a great history review.

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GerardtheBookworm
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The history of the U S as told through the perspective of the Constitution. A great gift for history bluffs and academics.

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RebeccaH
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Currently Reading: THESE TRUTHS by Jill Lepore, BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 2017 edited by Leslie Jamison, AFTER THE WINTER by Guadalupe Nettel, and BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott (on audio).

Suet624 Love. Bird by Bird. 7mo
RebeccaH @Suet624 I‘m listening to it on audio and really liking it that way. 7mo
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BookishMarginalia
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Some of my current library borrows 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

LauraBeth I wasn‘t aware that David Quammen has a new book! 8mo
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BethwithBooks
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Not to brag but....

CouronneDhiver Brag away 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 8mo
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ohyeahthatgirl
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Vote! If your life doesn't depend on it, someone you love's does.

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melissarochelle
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Chutes and Ladders. Kitty cats. Good books. Happy Sunday!

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PickingBooks
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I don‘t know when I‘ll have time to read this tome, but man does it sound fascinating!

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