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by Jill Lepore

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The Story of America book. In The Story of America, Harvard historian and New Yorker.

Jill Lepore, the author of These Truths: A History of the United States, outside the Widener Library at Harvard, where she is a professor. Kayana Szymczak for The New York Times. By Jennifer Schuessler. Historians can be wary of writing about the present. But sometimes, the present has other ideas. On Election Day 2016, Jill Lepore was deep into working on These Truths, her sprawling new history of the United States (in the middle of her chapter about the Civil War, as it happens).

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In The Story of America, Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore investigates American origin .

Over the centuries, Americans have read and written their way into a political culture of ink and type.

Lepore earned her . in English from Tufts University in 1987, an . The Story of America: Essays on Origins. Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin.

Jill Lepore is one of America's most interesting scholars-a distinguished historian and a brilliant essayist. This prolific collection of articles and essays is a remarkable body of work that moves from early America to our present, contentious ag. -Alan Brinkley, author of The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century. Jill Lepore is one of our finest historians of the battle over the story called 'America, ' which, as she says, is constantly being fought over and over.

In The Story of America, Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore investigates American origin stories--from John Smith's account of the founding of Jamestown in 1607 to Barack Obama's 2009 inaugural address--to show how American democracy is bound up with the history of print. Over the centuries, Americans have read and written their way into a political culture of ink and type.

Part civics primer, part cultural history, The Story of America excavates the origins of everything from the paper ballot and the Constitution to the I.O.U. and the dictionary. Along the way it presents fresh readings of Benjamin Franklin's Way to Wealth, Thomas Paine's Common Sense, "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, and "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, as well as histories of lesser-known genres, including biographies of presidents, novels of immigrants, and accounts of the Depression.

From past to present, Lepore argues, Americans have wrestled with the idea of democracy by telling stories. In this thoughtful and provocative book, Lepore offers at once a history of origin stories and a meditation on storytelling itself.

This is a marvelous, scholarly and completely accessible tour of American history, perceived via assorted documents, ideas and personalities. Topics, to name a few, include debtors prisons, Noah Webster, Inaugural speeches, biographies of George Washington and Charles Dickens' 1843 visit to America, The chapters are written with charm, authority and brio.The extensive endnotes are an added bonus, and every page of the book is fun to read.
Educational as well as entertaining, Jill Lepore's collection of essays covers topics from Captain John Smith to Charlie Chan and beyond with stories that attempt to get at the truth of these historical characters. In her efforts to separate the man from the myth, she often has to delve into the questions of how history is written and how accurate it is and can we ever really know the man, e.g., George Washington who is still an enigma. In these pages you will learn how Ben Franklin has been misunderstood all this time, how mystery still surrounds the life and death of Tom Paine, how Noah Webster slaved for decades over a dictionary that nobody wanted, how Longfellow's "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" had a connection to the slavery issue, and much, much more. This book is a wonderful antidote to that cloying, tasteless, patriotic, flag-waving pap they call American history most of us were fed in K-12.
This is a really great book, and I read a lot that Jill Lepore writes. This is a second copy I bought in order to give it as a gift to a family member. I expect it will be very much enjoyed. In these days of transition to Trump, I expect she is taking copious notes and I expect something of contemporaneous history to join her numerous writings, since we are certainly in the midst of "The Story of America".
I purchased this as a Christmas gift for my high school granddaughter. She's a history buff. She has already read most of this book in the few days since she received it, and she tells me that she loves it. What caught my attention when selecting this book was the fact that it's a series of essays. So if you are the type of reader who doesn't want to get bogged down in a history book with long chapters and tons of footnotes, this may be a book for you.
What a delight to read! The book is worth every penny I paid. In fact, after buying the Kindle edition, I purchased a second, hard copy as a gift for a friend. I am an admirer of Lepore's scholarship and writing anyway--found her book on King Philip's War enormously useful as a teacher and scholar. These essays are less academic. They're quicker and lighter but have just enough historical heft to leave a thinking reader with something to muse on.
This is a well-written, very well documented series of essays on a wide variety of topics. Lepore makes history interesting, and she is often scintillating. At times, however, she can overwhelm her reader with detail, some of which may not be of interest. The most admirable and enjoyable aspect of her book is her storytelling. She focuses on telling interesting stories about figures as different as Andrew Jackson, Edgar Allen Poe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Theodore Roosevelt and she largely succeeds.
Lepore's book was delightful, and after reading it in my Kindle I bought a hard copy to give my teen-age granddaughter because it is not like the boring surveys of American history one gets in high school. It is a set of interesting stories that might get her into the larger subject. Some pieces are a bit wandering, but they usually made me want to read more on that period or incident.
A joy to read. Politics and history, she tells us, work the same side of the street. “Using the past to make an argument about the future is a feature of political rhetoric....” Moreover history is a story, or many stories, the narrative knitting of past to present to future. History can be known many ways -- America did this or Virginia did that; 53% of Americans voted for X. Equally, and more interestingly, we can know history by looking at cases -- as Lepore does. What fun to read about Benjamin Franklin in his many authorial aliases talking to himself, or learning the origins of Charlie Chan (yes, she has a chapter on the real Hawaiian detective who inspired the character).

Adding to the treat, she writes beautiful long sentences, even though her editor might have taken her to task for a few of them. Her proof reader, similarly, might have stepped up in a few places (Monroe’s inaugural of 1807?) but, dear reader, take these little lapses as a treasure hunt.
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Princeton University Press; 1st Edition edition (October 7, 2012)
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