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These Truths: A History of the United States

Jill Lepore
# UQ8422 Hardcover, 960 pages; 2018
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As Trump began his term in office, Americans fought over immigration and guns, sex and religion. They fought, too, over statues and monuments, plaques and names. The ghosts of American history rattled their chains.

An article in the New York Times quipped that "just a few years ago, 'an old-fashioned civics book' [as Harvard professor Jill Lepore refers to her sweeping one-volume history of the United States in the introduction] might have sounded like a cure for insomnia; now it sounds like a survival guide." And, truly, this magisterial recounting of "the American experiment"—how our nation came to be what it is today—feels timely. Deeply engaging, full of fascinating biographical details, and rich with cultural insights, These Truths dynamically illuminates how "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." (CH)
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