Jill Lepore

presents

These Truths:
A History of the United States

in conversation with ROBIN YOUNG

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This event includes a book signing

Date

Oct
1
Tuesday
October 1, 2019
7:00 PM
(Doors at 6:30)

Location

WBUR CitySpace
890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Tickets

$21.25 (book included) - On Sale Now $10.00 (general entrance) - On Sale Now

Harvard Book Store and WBUR welcome renowned historian and writer JILL LEPORE for the paperback release of her New York Times bestselling, critically acclaimed book, These Truths: A History of the United States. She will be joined in conversation by award-winning host of NPR's "Here and Now," ROBIN YOUNG.

About These Truths

Widely hailed for its “sweeping, sobering account of the American past” (New York Times Book Review), Jill Lepore’s one-volume history of America places truth itself―a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence―at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas―“these truths,” Jefferson called them―political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. But has the nation, and democracy itself, delivered on that promise?

These Truths tells this uniquely American story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation’s truths, or belied them. To answer that question, Lepore wrestles with the state of American politics, the legacy of slavery, the persistence of inequality, and the nature of technological change. “A nation born in contradiction… will fight, forever, over the meaning of its history,” Lepore writes, but engaging in that struggle by studying the past is part of the work of citizenship. With These Truths, Lepore has produced a book that will shape our view of American history for decades to come.

Praise for These Truths

“[These Truths] captures the fullness of the past, where hope rises out of despair, renewal out of destruction, and forward momentum out of setbacks.” —Jack E. Davis, Chicago Tribune

“[Lepore’s] one-volume history is elegant, readable, sobering; it extends a steadying hand when a breakneck news cycle lurches from one event to another, confounding minds and churning stomachs.” —Jennifer Szalai, New York Times

“Those devoted to an honest reckoning with America’s past have their work cut out for them. Lepore’s book is a good place to start.” —H. W. Brands, Washington Post

Jill Lepore
Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her many books include The Secret History of Wonder Woman, a national bestseller, and Book of Ages, a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Robin Young
Robin Young

Robin Young

Robin Young is the host of NPR's Here & Now. She is a Peabody Award–winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS and ABC television, and for several years was substitute host and correspondent for The Today Show. Robin has received several Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as cable’s Ace Award, the Religious Public Relations Council’s Wilbur Award and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award. She has also received radio’s regional Edward R. Murrow Award. Her documentary “The Los Altos Story,” made in association with the Rotary Club of Los Altos, Calif., won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and is now the backbone of a worldwide HIV/AIDS awareness initiative.

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Tickets are non-refundable and non-returnable.

WBUR CitySpace
890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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