"From the best-selling author of These Truths, a work that examines the dilemma of nationalism and the erosion of liberalism in the twenty-first century. At a time of much despair over the future of liberal democracy, Harvard historian Jill Lepore makes a stirring case for the nation in This America. Since the end of the Cold War, Lepore writes, American historians have largely retreated from the idea of 'the nation,' in part because postmodernism has corroded faith in grand narratives, and in part because the rise of political nationalism has rendered it suspect and unpalatable. Bucking this trend, however, Lepore argues forcefully that the nation demands scrutiny. Without an honest reckoning with America's collective past, we will be at the mercy of unscrupulous demagogues who spin their own version of the national story for their own purposes. 'When serious historians abandon the study of the nation,' Lepore tellingly writes, 'nationalism doesn't die. Instead, it eats liberalism.' A trenchant work of political philosophy as well as a reclamation of America's national history, This America asks us to look our nation's sovereign past square in the eye to reveal not only a history of contradictions, but a path of promise for the future"—
Chronicles the epic 1915 libel case in which Theodore Roosevelt, weighing a last presidential run, turned on former allies to challenge corruption in the political party that made him.
"Best-selling historian and classicist Barry Strauss tells the story of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire through the lives of ten of its most important emperors, from Augustus to Constantine"—
A timely defense of liberalism by the award-winning New Yorker writer and best-selling author of Paris to the Moon profiles the individuals and movements that formed its tradition of radical change through humane measures. 50,000 first printing.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Liberation Trilogy presents the first volume in a new series on the American Revolution that draws on perspectives from both sides to chronicle the first 21 months of America's violent war for independence.
A writer at Salon examines the outdated and dangerous current definitions of masculinity and the long-term effects of this socialization which include depression, shorter life spans, misogyny and suicide while examining his own working-class upbringing in the rural Midwest.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse offers a new theory of how and why some nations recover from national trauma and others don't. 200,000 first printing.
Draws on firsthand writings in a narrative portrait of the influential American diplomat that explores how his achievements over half a century of history were complicated by his political ambitions.
Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America
The author of the Pulitzer finalist, Great Fortune, examines how eugenics and government-supported anti-immigration initiatives in the 1920s changed policies to ban discriminated-against groups from the U.S. for more than 40 years. 125,000 first printing.