Does anyone else read every part of a book without fail—Introduction, prologue, afterword, acknowledgements etc?
“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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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.
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.
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.
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.