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The Whites of Their Eyes by Jill Lepore.. Sorry about the fact you have to read this on paper, but this brief and corrective tonic will do your brain good, even if you have to momentarily put your Kindle down. Yo! Teabagger, try some history with that misspelled sign you're waving.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"For a number of years, the author has been contributing pieces to the New Yorker on American colonial history, pithy commentaries shaped by historical evidence and a storyteller's hand. Here she braids those essays together, which makes them more satisfying and meaningful than if they were merely collected in an anthology. . . . The author is not smug in her treatment of the Tea Partiers, but she refuses to allow them to kidnap and torture history so that it is reduced to fit their fundamentalist mold. . . . Learned, lively and shrewd."

Kirkus Reviews

"Lepore's acerbic wit (and its accompanying soul, brevity) makes The Whites of Their Eyes (Princeton, 206 pages, $19.95) a welcome change of pace from the 900-page biographies of George Washington now straining bookstore shelves across the country."

Willamette Week

Author bio: Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale in 1995. Her first book, "The Name of War," won the Bancroft Prize; her 2005 book, "New York Burning," was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2008 she published "Blindspot," a mock eighteenth-century novel, jointly written with Jane Kamensky. Lepore's most recent book, "The Whites of Their Eyes," is a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice. More information can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0691150273/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d3_g14_i4?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-5&pf_rd_r=14F1HEJJ8RSP1RSJDRXC&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470939291&pf_rd_i=507846

Book Details: History; (224 pp. Scurrilicious: Print only)

Publisher Website: http://press.princeton.edu/

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