Tag: Jill Lepore

  • #8–These Truths: Heartlands Best Reads of 2019

    #8–These Truths: Heartlands Best Reads of 2019

    Jill LePore’s These Truths: A History of the United States came out in 2018 but I got to it this year and was glad I did. The audacity of a one-volume history covering a 500+ year arc of the American story, especially when that story has become so contested and fragmented, was a thing to behold. […]

  • Who’s Going to Make the Case for America? (I Mean, Along with Jill Lepore)

    Who’s Going to Make the Case for America? (I Mean, Along with Jill Lepore)

    Late in her brief but thought-provoking new book, historian Jill Lepore gets down to why she would write something titled This America: The Case for the Nation: “In American history, liberals have failed, time and again, to defeat illiberalism except by making appeals to national aims and ends…Writing national history creates plenty of problems. But […]

  • Stirring, Terrifying, Inspiring, Troubling—Yeah, That’s America

    Stirring, Terrifying, Inspiring, Troubling—Yeah, That’s America

    The first thing I note about Jill Lepore’s new one-volume history of the United States is how out of style it is. In an age of disintegrating consensus and competing truths, who would dare to attempt a comprehensive narrative of our national story? Fortunately, Jill Lepore would and the result is a book you’ll surely […]