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Author: Jill Lepore Narrator: Jill Lepore Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2018 ISBN: 9781980010876
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In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation.

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 dedication to inquiry, fearless and unflinching,” writes Jill Lepore in a groundbreaking investigation into the American past that places truth itself at the center of the nation’s history.

In riveting prose, These Truths tells the story of America, beginning in 1492, to ask whether the course of events has proven the nation’s founding truths or belied them. “A nation born in contradiction, liberty in a land of slavery, sovereignty in a land of conquest, will fight, forever, over the meaning of its history,” Lepore writes, finding meaning in those very contradictions as she weaves American history into a majestic tapestry of faith and hope, of peril and prosperity, of technological progress and moral anguish.

A spellbinding chronicle filled with arresting sketches of Americans from John Winthrop and Frederick Douglass to Pauli Murray and Phyllis Schlafly, These Truths offers an authoritative new history of a great—and greatly troubled—nation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lepore helps us learn from whence we came…She tackles the whole story—the unfolding of the American experiment and its consequences—from 1492 to the present.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “[Lepore’s] one-volume history is elegant, readable, sobering; it extends a steadying hand when a breakneck news cycle lurches from one event to another.”

    New York Times

  • “Nothing short of a masterpiece of American history…a book that truly does encapsulate the American story in all its pain and all its triumph.”

    NPR

  • “Rings as clear as a church bell, the lucid, welcome yield of clear thinking and a capable, curious mind.”

    Newsday

  • “This thought-provoking and fascinating book stands to become the definitive one-volume US history for a new generation.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Astounding…[Lepore] has assembled evidence of an America that was better than some thought, worse than almost anyone imagined, and weirder than most serious history books ever convey.”

    Harvard Magazine

  • A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in United States History
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month selection
  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection
  • New York Times bestseller
  • A 2018 Time Magazine Top 10 Books of the Year selection in Nonfiction

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About the Author

Jill Lepore, a New York Times bestselling author, 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 New York Burning, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; The Name of War, winner of the Bancroft Prize; The Mansion of Happiness, short-listed for the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction; and Book of Ages, a finalist for the National Book Award.