Historian and Harvard professor Jill Lepore, a determined sleuth and captivating storyteller, evaluates the principles at the core of the “political history” of the United States. She turns eloquently to Thomas Jefferson’s words from the Declaration of Independence, for “these truths”: “political equality, natural rights and the sovereignty of the people.” Lepore revisits the questions Alexander Hamilton asked in Federalist No. 1 – notably: If Americans can gain a free democracy, can they keep it? At 960 pages, her captivating overview of the complex evolution of US history connects issues from Columbus’s 1492 voyage to headlines from today. Her exhaustive index provides a practical assist in tracking Lepore’s many perceptive insights and concepts. Her approachable “civics primer” is a thoughtful guide for every US voter, for readers curious about American history – even those who aren’t history buffs – and for those who welcome a rundown on American history as viewed with a critical, informed and inquiring eye.
About the Author
Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award Jill Lepore is a Harvard University history professor and staff writer for The New Yorker.
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