Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she has also has a secret history. Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman's creator.
"Narration ruined it for me"
In this issue: "To Serve or Not to Serve" by Amy Davidson; "Aftermath": "A Democratic Opposition" by George Packer; "Health of the Nation" by Atul Gawande; "Bryant Park: A Memoir" by Hilary Mantel; "Four-Cornered Flyover" by Peter Hessler; "Mourning for Whiteness" by Toni Morrison; "The Dark-Money Cabinet" by Jane Mayer; "On Saying No" by Evan Osnos; "The Highest Court" by Jeffrey Toobin; "Donald Trump, Poet" by Mary Karr; "Wars Within" by Jill Lepore; "Dystopia" by Gary Shteyngart; "Radical Hope" by Junot Díaz; "Esmé in Neverland" by Jill Lepore; and "Predators" by Anthony Lane.
In The Story of America, Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore investigates American origin stories - from John Smith's account of the founding of Jamestown in 1607 to Barack Obama's 2009 inaugural address - to show how American democracy is bound up with the history of print. Over the centuries, Americans have read and written their way into a political culture of ink and type. Part civics primer, part cultural history, The Story of America excavates the origins of everything from the paper ballot and the Constitution to the I.O.U. and the dictionary.
"A Fun Read on Historical Subjects"
Joe Gould, a madman, believed he was the most brilliant historian of the 20th century. So did some of his friends, a group of modernist writers and artists that included E. E. Cummings, Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, John Dos Passos, and Ezra Pound. Gould began his life's work before the First World War, announcing that he intended to write down nearly everything anyone ever said to him. "I am trying to preserve as much detail as I can about the normal life of everyday people," he explained, because "as a rule, history does not deal with such small fry."
From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians, a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin' s youngest sister and a history of history itself. Like her brother, Jane Franklin was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator.
"Interesting Look at Ben Franklin's Youngest Sister"
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".
"Fantastic, well researched and even handed"
Renowned Harvard scholar and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has composed a strikingly original, ingeniously conceived, and beautifully crafted history of American ideas about life and death from before the cradle to beyond the grave. How does life begin? What does it mean? What happens when we die? “All anyone can do is ask,” Lepore writes. “That’s why any history of ideas about life and death has to be, like this book, a history of curiosity.” As much a meditation on the present as an excavation of the past, The Mansion of Happiness is delightful.
Over a few weeks in 1741, 10 fires blazed across Manhattan. With each new fire, panicked whites saw more evidence of a slave uprising. Tried and convicted before the colony's Supreme Court, 13 black men were burned at the stake and 17 were hanged. Four whites, the alleged ringleaders of the plot, were also hanged, and seven more were pardoned on condition that they never set foot in New York again.
How did the 2016 Presidential-primary debates become insult-laden, substance-free shouting contests?...
Set in boisterous, rebellious Boston on the eve of the American Revolution, Blindspot ingeniously weaves together the fictional stories of Stewart Jameson, a Scottish portrait painter and notorious libertine, and Fanny Easton, a fallen woman from one of Boston's most powerful families who disguises herself as a boy to become Jameson's defiant and seductive apprentice. Together with an African-born doctor, they investigate the death of the famous revolutionary leader Samuel Bradstreet.
"Not completely what I expected"
"Happy Birthday", by Adam Gopnik; "Face Time", by James Surowiecki; "The Dark Ages", by Jill Lepore; "Notes from Underground", by David Owen; "A Fork of One’s Own", by Jane Kramer; "Marv Albert Is My Therapist", by Jesse Eisenberg; and "Kids’ Stuff", by David Denby.
"Pessoptimism", by Wendell Steavenson; "Rebellion", by Jenna Krajeski; "Feathers", by Reeves Wiedeman; "Girls' Best Friends", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "Fair Hair", by Mark Singer; "Twilight", by Jill Lepore; "Wild Thing", by Louis Menand; "Going for a Beer", by Robert Coover; "And the Oscar Will Go To…", by Anthony Lane; and "Looking for Love", by David Denby.
In this issue: "Upholding Standards" by Amy Davidson; "The State of Debate" by Jill Lepore; "Wild Man" by Nick Paumgarten; "Vile Bodies" by Alexandra Schwartz.
"Amazing this far!"
In this issue: "Saudi Shakeup", by Steve Coll; "The Inexplicable", by Karl Ove Knausgaard; "To Have and to Hold", by Jill Lepore; "Where the River Runs Dry", by David Owen; "Good Night", by Emily Nussbaum; and "High Gear", by Anthony Lane.
In this issue: "Defying Conventions" by Steve Coll; "Outdone" by Ian Frazier; "The War and the Roses" by Jill Lepore; "Prance Master" by Sam Knight; and "Find Yourself" by Anthony Lane.
"Falling", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Y'all Torture Me Home", by George Saunders; "Just the Facts, Ma'am", by Jill Lepore; "Nails Never Fails", by Ben McGrath; "April & Paris", by David Sedaris; "Oprah's World", by Nancy Franklin; and "Faraway Places", by David Denby.
"A President and a King", by Jelani Cobb; "The Whole Haystack", by Mattathias Schwartz; "The Cobweb", by Jill Lepore; and "The Next Thing", by Adam Gopnik.
"For Heaven’s Sake", by Hendrik Hertzberg, "The Lie Factory", by Jill Lepore, "In Plain View", by Malcolm Gladwell, and "The Crisis Manager", by Gay Talese.
In this issue: "Random Shots" by Jelani Cobb; "E. U. Later" by Anthony Lane; "How to Steal an Election" by Jill Lepore; "Swimming with Sharks" by Rebecca Mead; "The Sound of Hate" by Alex Ross; and "Old Enemies" by Anthony Lane.
"Wider War" by Dexter Filkins; "Poll" by Ian Frazier; "The Disruption Machine" by Jill Lepore; "Liner Notes" by George Saunders; "The Id Girls" by Nick Paumgarten; "The Skeptic" by Sasha Frere-Jones.