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    In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation. The American experiment rests on three ideas - "these truths", Jefferson called them - political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, "[O]n a dedication to inquiry, fearless and unflinching", writes Jill Lepore in a groundbreaking investigation into the American past that places truth itself at the center of the nation's history.  

    In riveting prose, These Truths tells the story of America, beginning in 1492, to ask whether the course of events has proven the nation's founding truths or belied them.  

    "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", Lepore writes, finding meaning in those very contradictions as she weaves American history into a majestic tapestry of faith and hope, of peril and prosperity, of technological progress and moral anguish.  

    A spellbinding chronicle filled with arresting sketches of Americans from John Winthrop and Frederick Douglass to Pauli Murray and Phyllis Schlafly, These Truths offers an authoritative new history of a great, and greatly troubled, nation.  

    ©2018 Jill Lepore (P)2018 Recorded Books

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    Toller Inhalt, sehr unangenehme Stimme

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    these truths

    wonderful, comprehensive political history of the United States. Light on some periods and diving quite deep into others as is expected, but overall a very good and relatively unpartisan history for the most part. It does seem to become a bit more partisan near the end Beginning in the 80s just as society it self. I'm unsure if the book shouldn't have ended in 2012 or before trump's election as I personally believe it is too early for an historian to be able to write much of use about trump's election right after the occasion.

    Overall a strong recommendation for anyone wanting to listen to a big history of the us from a 21st century perspective.

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    Great book, weak reader

    The book itself ist great as told many times before.
    Unfortunately the author is not not a good reader. She reads too fast and tends to mumble.
    It would have done the audiobook well to be read by a professional reader. The author should have concentrated on reading the introduction and the epilogue.