At this point in time, America seems divided like no other time in our lifetimes. Every day there is another issue that exposes the divisions even more. Which makes this the perfect time to remember that America, of the American Experiment, is still unfolding and is only a couple of hundred years old. It is also perfect timing for an ambitious, concise, one volume history of America, like These Truths – A History of America by award-winning historian Jill LePore.

About These Truths – A History of America by Jill LePore: “Written in elegiac prose, Lepore’s groundbreaking investigation 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. And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, Lepore argues, because self-government depends on it. 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.”

As bad as thing may seem in the political realm of our nation right now, America and being an American is much more than these divides. These Truths reminds us what it means to be an American and even maybe why our divisiveness is part of who we are.

These Truths – A History of America by Jill LePore is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.