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This America: The Case for the Nation

Jill Lepore

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Politics & government

'A thoughtful and passionate defence of her vision of American patriotism' New York Times

From the acclaimed historian comes this urgent manifesto on the dilemma of nationalism and the erosion of liberalism in the twenty-first century.

'A thoughtful and passionate defence of her vision of American patriotism' New York Times

From the acclaimed New York Times bestselling historian, Jill Lepore, comes a bold new history of nationalism, and a plan for hope in the twenty-first century.

With dangerous forms of nationalism on the rise, at a time of much despair over the future of liberal democracy, Harvard historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore makes a stirring case for the nation - and repudiates nationalism by explaining its long history.

In part a primer on the origins of nations, The Case for the Nation explains how much of American history has been a battle between nationalism, liberal and illiberal, all the way down to the nation's latest, bitter struggles over immigration.

Defending liberalism, as The Case for the Nation demonstrates, requires making the case for the nation. But American historians largely abandoned that defense in the 1960s when they stopped writing national history. By the 1980s they'd stopped studying the nation-state altogether and embraced globalism instead. When serious historians abandon the study of the nation, nationalism doesn't die. Instead, it eats liberalism. But liberalism is still in there, and The Case for the Nation is an attempt to pull it out.

A manifesto for a better world, and a call for a new engagement with national narratives, The Case for the Nation reclaims the future by acknowledging the past.

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Praise for This America: The Case for the Nation

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  • This vivid history brings alive the contradictions and hypocrisies of the land of the free - The Times

  • A history for the 21st century, far more inclusive than the standard histories of the past - Guardian

  • Monumental ... a crucial work for presenting a fresh and clear-sighted narrative of the entire story ... exciting and page-turningly fascinating, in one of those rare history books that can be read with pleasure for its sheer narrative energy - New Statesman

  • Jill Lepore is that rare combination in modern life of intellect, originality and style - TLS

  • It isn't until you start reading it that you realise how much we need a book like this one at this particular moment. 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

  • 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

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