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    read Î eBook or Kindle ePUB Æ Jill Lepore EBOOK / KINDLE (The Story of America) author Jill Lepore The Story of America consists of 20 essays Jill Lepore wrote for The New Yorker If you like history you'll find it interesting if s

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    EBOOK / KINDLE (The Story of America) author Jill Lepore Lepore brings a lot into her essays She is a professor of history and a staff writer on the New Yorker where I believe all the essays here were

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    read The Story of America Jill Lepore Æ 3 download EBOOK / KINDLE (The Story of America) author Jill Lepore My history teacher mantra which I repeat often to my students’ amusement is “History is not just a bunch of stuff that happened it’s the stories we tell ourselves about what happened” In Jill Lepore I have found a kindred spirit In the essays that comprise “The Story of America” Lepore explores many of the st

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    EBOOK / KINDLE (The Story of America) author Jill Lepore read Î eBook or Kindle ePUB Æ Jill Lepore A collection of short essays by one of our best 'storytelling' historians this work is a joy to read All but one essay appeared in The New York

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    EBOOK / KINDLE (The Story of America) author Jill Lepore An excellent collection of narrative essays about American history that add up to a history of the way Americans have thought about their history over the years Over a broad range of topics excellent essays on the history of presidential biographies on the history of murder biographical sketches of Washington Franklin and Poe among others she tells very good stories based on documentable records with great wi

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    EBOOK / KINDLE (The Story of America) author Jill Lepore If there is a better writer and thinker on American history than Jill Lepore? This book sees Lepore taking on the history o

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    EBOOK / KINDLE (The Story of America) author Jill Lepore read The Story of America If my college experience in history classes had included books like Prof Lepore's and fewer standard texts that illuminated characters mighty little but dished out history in broad strokes I might well have majored in hist

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    read Î eBook or Kindle ePUB Æ Jill Lepore EBOOK / KINDLE (The Story of America) author Jill Lepore Jill Lepore Æ 3 download Harvard Historian Essays primarily from the New Yorker uirky lesser known takes on American history with a focus on pre 20th century Did you ever wonder about Noah Webster creator of the Webster's American Dictionary I did and this essay was fascinatingand so many She writes of these historical figures like they are pop icons But why only four stars? I wish she had found women as fascinating Carolinefor stories set in the historical time

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    EBOOK / KINDLE (The Story of America) author Jill Lepore Don't tell my wife I am in love with Jill Lepore I have been since I read her debut book The Name of War during my senior year of college back in 2003 Since then I have feasted upon her New Yorker essays whenever I stumbled on them This book which assembles many of those essays is a beautiful thing to behold a

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    read The Story of America Jill Lepore Æ 3 download EBOOK / KINDLE (The Story of America) author Jill Lepore I've loved any New Yorker essay that I've read by Lepore so I suppose I picked up this book with a bit of a bias However these essays actually surpassed my expectations They are so fun to read because each essay looks deeply at a small little part of American history one of my favorites was about how the physical act of casting a vote changed throughout history In addition to her ability to find interesting stories to t

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The Story of America

read The Story of America The Story of America review ¶ eBook or Kindle ePUB Jill Lepore Æ 3 download Lture of ink and typePart civics primer part cultural history The Story of America excavates the origins of everything from the paper ballot and the Constitution to the IOU 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 Lon. A collection of short essays by one of our best storytelling historians this work is a joy to read All but one essay appeared in The New Yorker the exception the Longfellow appeared in The American Scholar Although the author is a Harvard history professor these essays are not academic history Although they embody solid scholarship and fresh insights they are best characterized as historical stories Are written in a style so entertaining that it rivals the best fiction in its appeal to the general reader One way the author achieves this transformation of dry history into memorable tales is by using a succinct biography of an individual to incarnate a particular historical event or practice Thereby she makes that history understandable real memorable For example the life of John Pintard a wealthy New York businessman who suffered a major financial reverse is used to illustrate the evolution of bankruptcy law in the early republic to explain why the law was adopted and to whom it applied and because the reader is made to care about Pintard this little known aspect of early economic legislation is brilliantly elucidated is made unforgettable Similarly the life of George Kyle is used to bring to life the need for and the adoption of the secret ballot in American elections no reader is likely to forget his death defying struggle to reach his Balti polling place The author has a real talent for writing these succinct biographies That of Noah Webster transforms a name connoting only a word book into a real flesh and blood man into an individual fully present to the reader Her short biography of Edgar Allan Poe brings order believability to a tragic life that has been overly mythologized made into a grotesue fantasy even by Poe himself And some of the biographies are just fun as is the one of Chang Apanathe actual Hawaiian detective who inspired Biggers to create the moviedetective story character of Charlie Chan A unifying tread running through most of these essays is the critical analysis of the creation of history as it is done both in formal works written by professionals as well as in the narratives formed by common people in shaping their opinion on what it means to be an American in creating their own national self understanding their own self image The author delights in exploding some of the taken for granted myths enjoys replacing or deepening the legendary understanding with the actual complexity of the historical record Does this not in a debunking push the statue off its pedestral spirit but rather does so by revealing the hero to be like us highlighting his basic humanity connecting his life to that of the reader A guilty pleasure of this book is her ruthlessness in pointing out the errors of other historians scholarly and popular Is ruthless both in exposing their repressions of unpleasant facts and in highlighting their creative interpolations One fine example of the latter is her calling attention to the full psychological profile of George Washington s mother Mary given in Ron Chernow s biography of Washington a profile which details at some length the influence that this pious headstrong feisty woman had on George s character even though despite the many inferences Chernow draws there are only two verifiable facts known about the woman that she was little polished by education and that she was remarkable for taking good care of her ducks and chickens Probably the best essay at least my favorite is her defense of Longfellow By analyzing Paul Revere s Ride and placing it in its historical context she reveals the poem s hidden depth and counters the current condescending judgment that Longfellow is no than a poet for children that he is not to be taken seriously because his work is too accessible too much fun to read This reassessment of Longfellow is long overdue But it is not surprising that it comes from an author who writes accessible history history that is fun to read

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read The Story of America The Story of America review ¶ eBook or Kindle ePUB Jill Lepore Æ 3 download Gfellow as well as histories of lesser known genres including biographies of presidents novels of immigrants and accounts of the DepressionFrom 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 itsel. Don t tell my wife I am in love with Jill Lepore I have been since I read her debut book The Name of War during my senior year of college back in 2003 Since then I have feasted upon her New Yorker essays whenever I stumbled on them This book which assembles many of those essays is a beautiful thing to behold a brilliant mind at play and a historian who can write with grace She collapses space and time to explain how we Americans came to be who we are or try to be or fail to beEssay after essay I found myself astonished by her research and storytelling powers The essay on Benjamin Franklin which peels back the layers of lazy stereotype surrounding his name to reveal a fuller and endlessly interesting man is a highlight as is the Dickens in America essay There are just 2 or 3 3 pieces I wasn t dazzled by Simply put she can connect American dots from John Smith to Andrew jackson and onward like no one else alive She even makes Longfellow interesting which is a true feat Long live Jill Lepore Aside from the New Yorker this is the best introduction to her work

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read The Story of America The Story of America review ¶ eBook or Kindle ePUB Jill Lepore Æ 3 download 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 cu. My history teacher mantra which I repeat often to my students amusement is History is not just a bunch of stuff that happened it s the stories we tell ourselves about what happened In Jill Lepore I have found a kindred spirit In the essays that comprise The Story of America Lepore explores many of the stories that make up Americans knowledge of our history Along the way she fills in many gaps and emends many misconceptions but never in a sophomoric Lies My Teacher Told Me fashion I didn t spot the word historiography in Lepore s introduction Lepore certainly could have used it but an editor would have certainly informed her that a single appearance of that word in a book will reduce sales by at least 80% despite the fact that for my money that s where all the action is Nonetheless the introduction alone at least should be reuired reading for anyone curious about the development of American history that is history in the sense I define it above She concludes her introduction with I have tried to cherish ideas worth cherishing and to uestion ideas that need uestioning I have tried to do that here by studying stories and by telling them This should be adopted as a mission statement by any historian seeking publicationIn the essays that follow Lepore ranges widely over American history from the settlement of Jamestown to the twentieth century Her chronological scope is expansive and her topics varied bankruptcy lexicography murder and electioneering among them She also provides fascinating biographical vignettes of historical figures including some vaunted founding fathers and literary luminaries Lepore takes a broad perspective in each essay carefully weaving together strands of history historical memory popular culture and literacy into a tapestry much richer and detailed than any survey text or any but the most erudite monograph could ever accomplishLepore is a crackerjack scholar and a first rate wordsmith and she s also extremely funny She deserves some sort of recognition for the most amusing use of the word pantaloons by an academic historian she sums up some historians assessments of John Smith as having a liar liar pantaloons on fire uality And adds As it happens and for the record they were the injury that sent Smith back to England was a severe burn he sustained to his thighs and groin when his gunpowder bag lying in his lap caught the spark of a tobacco pipe and exploded Any student of American history or anyone with a casual interest in our past will be greatly edified by Lepore s work I cannot recommend it highly enoughOne negative note however I think Lepore missed an important opportunity with the title A casual shopper glancing at the title on the shelf or on display might assume that The Story of America is another narrative work of historical synthesis exactly the type of book that we don t need any of A better choice perhaps would have been The STORIES of America alerting the reader that there is much between those covers than they might expect

  • Hardcover
  • 416
  • The Story of America
  • Jill Lepore
  • English
  • 28 June 2018
  • 9780691153995