Magazine December 17, 2018, Issue

A Liberal History of the U.S.

John Trumbull’s Declaration of Independence, 1818 (Architect of the Capitol)
These Truths: A History of the United States, by Jill Lepore (Norton, 960 pp., $39.95)

Jill Lepore holds a Ph.D. from Yale and is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a professor of American history at Harvard. Her first book, The Name of War, on King Philip’s War, won the Bancroft Prize. Previous works of hers have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. She holds the title Harvard College Professor, given in recognition of her excellence in teaching undergraduates. The New York Times has published two favorable reviews of her latest work and then a flattering profile of the author and her new book. In These Truths: A

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Gun Country

David French reviews First Freedom: A Ride through America’s Enduring History with the Gun, by David Harsanyi.




One reader praises Shawn Regan’s recent article, “Consider the Dusky Gopher Frog”; another praises Sen. Chuck Grassley.


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