Jill Lepore knows that it’s not possible to write an encyclopedic history of the United States in one volume. Therefore, she has subtitled her book, which she calls a “political history,” – a history, not the history. The phrase “these truths” is of course from the Declaration of Independence and included, for Thomas Jefferson, political equality, natural rights and the sovereignty of the people. Professor Lepore sets out to investigate whether our history has confirmed “these truths” or is at odds with them. Thus, in this book These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore (W. W. Norton & Co., 2018), Lepore recounts and evaluates those events and people she feels illuminate her inquiry. As we read this elegantly-written book we will have the opportunity to both question what she has chosen to include, what she has not included, and whether or not we agree with her choices and emphasis.