These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore
One imagines what Jill Lepore’s agent must have said upon learning she was writing the history of America: “Oh, the founding fathers? The initial explorers? Or the first colonists?” Yes, Lepore must have answered, all of them – and much, much more. In this ambitious work, the New Yorker staff writer and David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard has attempted to tell the entire history of America – “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” – in just one book.