The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle over American History

The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle over American History

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by Jill Lepore
     
 

"Jill Lepore is a national treasure. There is no other writer so at home both as a trenchant scholar of American history and as an on-the-scene observer of our present-day follies. She etches the connection between past and present with a wisdom, grace, and sparkle that makes this book even harder to put down—if thats possible—than her previous

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"Jill Lepore is a national treasure. There is no other writer so at home both as a trenchant scholar of American history and as an on-the-scene observer of our present-day follies. She etches the connection between past and present with a wisdom, grace, and sparkle that makes this book even harder to put down—if thats possible—than her previous work."—Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empires Slaves

"No one writes about our Revolutionary history and its effects upon the shape of our culture and society today with more wit, verve, and sparkling intelligence than Jill Lepore. 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, and provides a cool and much needed context for the heated rhetoric of this new reactionary moment."—Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

"The Whites of Their Eyes shows Jill Lepore at her remarkable best—accessible, authoritative, and wise."—Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

"Modern Tea Partiers have thrown facts overboard and recast the Revolution in their own image: white, Christian, and ultraconservative. 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 a lesson in what history actually is and how it seems constantly to be used and abused. Lepore is a superb writer."—Eric Foner, author of Reconstruction: Americas Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877

"This book gives an informed account of the ways contemporary references to the Revolution ignore, distort, run roughshod over, yet somehow attempt seriously to evoke the events of the past. It nicely represents Lepores distinctive genius as a historian."—Jack N. Rakove, author of Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691150277
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Series:
Public Square Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword by Ruth O'Brien ix

Prologue Party Like It's 1773 1

Chapter 1: Ye Olde Media 20

Chapter 2: The Book of Ages 43

Chapter 3: How to Commit Revolution 70

Chapter 4: The Past upon Its Throne 98

Chapter 5: Your Superexcellent Age 126

Epilogue Revering America 152

Acknowledgments 167

Notes 169

Index 199

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