--------------------The Story of AmericaEssays on OriginsJill LeporePrinceton University Press: 416 pp, $27.95--------------------For Jill Lepore, a Harvard history professor and New Yorker staff writer, the story of America is part myth, part tall tale, and never less than engrossing."All nations are places," she writes in her stylish new collection, "but they are also acts of imagination. Who has a part in a nation's story, like who can become a citizen and who has a right to vote, isn't foreordained, or even stable. The story's plot, like the nation's borders and the nature of its electorate, is always shifting."As if to underline that point, Lepore's own narratives in "The...
The Story of America
Essays on Origins
Princeton University Press: 416 pp, $27.95
For Jill Lepore, a Harvard history professor and New...
The Fiddler on Pantico Run:
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