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.
A sharp, short history of nationalism.... A frank, well-written look at the dangers we face. We ignore them at our peril. - Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Urgent and pithy... Readers seeking clear and relevant definitions of political concepts will appreciate this brisk yet thorough, frank, and bracing look at the ancient origins of the nation state versus the late-eighteenth-century coinage of the term 'nationalism' and its alignment with exclusion and prejudice. - Booklist Praise for These Truths: It isn't until you start reading it that you realize how much we need a book like this one at this particular moment. THESE TRUTHS by Jill Lepore...is a big sweeping book, a way for us to take stock at this point in the journey, to look back, to remind us who we are and to point to where we're headed. - New York Times Book Review This sweeping, sobering account of the American past is a story not of relentless progress but of conflict and contradiction, with crosscurrents of reason and faith, black and white, immigrant and native, industry and agriculture rippling through a narrative that is far from completion. - The New York Times Book Review, Editors Choice In this inspiring and enlightening book, Jill Lepore accomplishes the grand task of telling us what we need to know about our past in order to be good citizens today. - Walter Isaacson