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The American Beast

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9th November 2023

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A vision of America in the age of Trump, from the brilliant mind of Jill Lepore.

The past decade has marked a shift in America’s trajectory, pivoting around the monumental presidential election of 2016. Acclaimed author and leading historian Jill Lepore has been documenting the twists and turns as they unfold, beginning with the run-up to Trump’s election through to the chaos and confusion left in its wake.

In this incisive collection of essays published in the New Yorker, Lepore writes with wit and warmth as she reflects on the issues of our time: from culture wars and the corrosion of the media to disruptive innovation and the future of technology, from the constitutional crisis surrounding gun rights to the racial history behind the language of insurrection. Balancing a penetrating personal lens with indispensable history, she makes sense of public life during an era of aberration and extremity that has left our political landscape forever changed.

Rooted in the everyday lives of its citizens, The American Beast offers an arresting portrait of America over the span of a decade, capturing the tumultuous relationship between the country’s violent past and fractured present.

(P)2023 Hodder & Stoughton Limited


David Runciman
PRAISE FOR JILL LEPORE: The pre-eminent historian of forgotten tales from America's past
Fintan O'Toole
Lepore is America's greatest living essayist. No one else can sway so gracefully between the personal and the political, the micro and the macro, while remaining so firmly grounded in common human experience . . . These wonderful essays form a stunning mosaic of contemporary America and an alternative annal of our times
George Saunders
A person can't help but feel inspired by the riveting intelligence and joyful curiosity of Lepore. Knowing that there is a mind like hers in the world is a hope-inducing thing
Dan Snow
Lepore writes history like a poet
Amanda Foreman
Lepore is that rare combination in modern life of intellect, originality and style
David Kynaston
A compelling political narrative
Irish Times
Lepore is a brilliant historian . . . She sees history as a narrative and digs deep to investigate the root cause of problems
If you want to know how America got here, Lepore's essays are essential reading, with quick insights and bomblets of surprise