Americans have always put the past to political ends. The Union laid claim to the Revolution--so did the Confederacy. Civil rights leaders said they were the true sons of liberty--so did Southern segregationists. This book tells the story of the centuries-long struggle over the meaning of the nation's founding, including the battle waged by the Tea Party, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and evangelical Christians to "take back America."
New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.
“Jill Lepore is a national treasure.”—Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains
“The Whites of Their Eyes shows Jill Lepore at her remarkable best—accessible, authoritative, and wise.”—Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine
“Lepore demolishes the Tea Party’s founding fable with deep scholarship and devastating wit.”—Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic
“The Whites of Their Eyes offers the most compelling look we have so far at who we were and who we have become as a nation.”—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University
"A lesson in what history actually is."—Eric Foner, author of Reconstruction
“Learned, lively and shrewd.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[A] brief but valuable book . . . which combines her own interviews with Tea Partiers . .
. and her deep knowledge of the founders and of their view of the Constitution.” —New York Times
“Lepore is a better reporter than any historian, and a better historian than any reporter.” — Daily Beast
“What Lepore does best is rescue forgotten people and moments from the Revolutionary era and remind us beautifully of the many-layered power of place.”— Philadelphia Inquirer
“A trenchant, lively and devastating meditation on the uses and abuses of American
history.”-- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“A fascinating attempt to raise the level of US public policy debate ... and should be read by anyone interested in serious political debate.”-- ForeWord