Lepore lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and their three sons. *This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning. Sentences are poised, adverbs rare. If Then is that, and even more: It’s absolutely fascinating, excavating a piece of little-known American corporate history that reveals a huge amount about the way we live today and the companies that define the modern era.”, “Data science, Jill Lepore reminds us in this brilliant book, has a past, and she tells it through the engrossing story of Simulmatics, the tiny, long-forgotten company that helped invent our data-obsessed world, in which prediction is seemingly the only knowledge that matters. Don't Come Any Closer: What's at stake in our fables of contagion? You’ve run out of free articles. You can cancel anytime. There was a point when Trump was elected when I was thinking, well he’s clearly a fraud and a monster but there were nevertheless some rational reasons why people voted for him. Part spellbinding chronicle, part old-fashioned civics book, These Truths, filled with arresting sketches of Americans from John Winthrop and Frederick Douglass to Pauli Murray and Phyllis Schlafly, offers an authoritative new history of a great, and greatly troubled, nation. Having devoted her last work to Jane Franklin Mecom, Benjamin Franklin’s sister, Lepore clearly has a passion for intelligent, opinionated women whose legacies have been overshadowed by the men they love. Deze waarheden. Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University. With passion, compassion, wit, and remarkable insight, Lepore brings it all to life, the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. Without ignoring the horrors of conquest, slavery or recurring prejudices, she manages nonetheless to capture the epic quality of the American past. I think we have returned, in a way, to the original fears, now we sense that these personal devices very much represent the power of vast corporations. Her microhistories weave compelling lives into larger stories.” —The Daily Beast “In the spirited, thoroughly reported "The Secret History of Wonder Woman," Jill Lepore recounts the fascinating details behind the Amazonian princess' origin story…. Lepore, a Harvard prof and New Yorker writer, delves into the complicated family life of Wonder Woman's creator (who invented the lie detector, BTW), examines the use of bondage in his comics, and highlights the many ways in which the beloved Amazonian princess has come to embody feminism.”—Cosmopolitan “The Secret History of Wonder Woman relates a tale so improbable, so juicy, it’ll have you saying, “Merciful Minerva!”… an astonishingly thorough investigation of the man behind the world’s most popular female superhero…. The belief that history is capable of delivering a “verdict” is of recent vintage. Beginning in 1981 with Ronald Reagan’s presidency, members of Congress have introduced impeachment resolutions against every single president. Lepore is the recipient of many honors, awards, and honorary degrees, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award; the National Magazine Award; and, twice, for the Pulitzer Prize. As Jill Lepore writes in her recent piece at The Washington Post, several politicians, pundits, and commentators are calling for a truth and reconciliation commission to deal with Trump and his supporters after the president leaves office. She has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and to the American Philosophical Society. As a wide-ranging and prolific essayist, Lepore writes about American history, law, literature, and politics. Trump was elected with legitimate votes, but from what we have discovered about the spread of misinformation it was clear that we cannot have a properly functioning democracy without some regulation of that media. If you want to know where this all started, you need not look any further--read this book!”, — Julian Zelizer, author of Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker and the Rise of the New Republican Party. When Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress and said: “We are in the business of connecting people to people they love”, no one called him out to say: “No, Mr Zuckerberg you are in the business of convincing people to give you their personal data and selling it to third parties. Bush made fun of him for doing so, insisting that the resolution of the Cold War had instead validated Republican principles. She is also a staff writer at The New Yorker, and host of the podcast, The Last Archive. But surely the lesson we must take from the Civil War and its aftermath is that such generosity of spirit didn’t keep night riders, eager to regain their former dominance and pride, from terrorizing freedpeople and doing so with the tacit approval of state and local officials. American political history begins with the technology of writing – Christopher Columbus keeps a log book – and with printing. . Our culture of technological utopianism wants to forget that. Benjamin Franklin, who wrote more letters to his sister than he wrote to anyone else, was the original American self-made man; his sister spent her life caring for her children. If the country is to recover from its current crisis. When the Cambridge Analytica story came out, or clear evidence was revealed about the way social media platforms had been targeted at scale by foreign agents, there was remarkably little outcry. Photo illustration by Slate. Knowing that there is a mind like hers in the world is a hope-inducing thing.”, “Everything Lepore writes is distinguished by intelligence, eloquence, and fresh insight. History is, for better and worse, an argument, a controversy, a noisy and even noisome wrangle over meanings and values. Understanding America's past, as she demonstrates, has always been a central American project. We can see this by looking at past examples. Lepore is the recipient of many honors, awards, and honorary degrees, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award; the National Magazine Award; and, twice, for the Pulitzer Prize. • If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future by Jill Lepore is published by John Murray Press (£20). Her research has been funded by the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pew Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, the Charles Warren Center, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. IF THEN: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future, The Prodigal Daughter: Writing, history, mourning, The Shorebird: Rachel Carson and the rising of the seas, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. Do that kind of thing long enough, and before you know it you get people carrying signs reading “Not My President,” meaning first Obama, and only then Trump. Even if this picture of the origins of our current crisis were correct (and many would protest that the blame for political dysfunction should not be so evenly apportioned), it is unclear why a historian’s skill set is the best for the job of banishing partisan rancor and restoring civic spirit. Did that surprise you?If anything, I think in the 50s and 60s – because so few people had direct experience of computers – there was even more concern than there is now. (Just imagine: Roger Stone plying his trade in obscurity, as a maker of deceptive infomercials, rather than liaising with Russians.). I am not recommending any particular course of action—I have grave qualms about carceral solutions, for one thing—but Lepore’s willingness to let crimes slide in favor of a more perfect collection of government documents is not a noble devotion to objectivity, so much as it is an advancement of the long-term professional prerogatives and agendas of historians ahead of the more exigent necessities of reconstruction and justice. In another fast-paced narrative, Jill Lepore brilliantly uncovers the history of the Simulmatics Corp, which launched the volatile mix of computing, politics and personal behavior that now divides our nation, feeds on private information, and weakens the strength our democratic institutions. Making use of an amazing cache of little- studied material, including documents, objects, and portraits only just discovered, Jill Lepore brings Jane Franklin to life in a way that illuminates not only this one woman but an entire world—a world usually lost to history. With trepidation?Of course. Photos by Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images and Natalia Shabasheva/iStock/Getty Images Plus. (On teaching the writing of history, see How to Write a Paper for This Class.) Nor is the problem a matter of lack of documentation, although Lepore does rightly call out the Trump administration’s naked attempts to eradicate evidence of its illegal procedures—efforts that are genuinely disturbing and not just for historians. [Lepore]seamlessly shifts from the micro to the macro….A panel depicting this labor unrest is just one of scores that appear throughout Lepore's book, further amplifying the author's vivid prose.”—Newsday “A Harvard professor with impeccable scholarly credentials, Lepore treats her subject seriously, as if she is writing the biography of a feminist pioneer like Margaret Sanger, the founder of the birth control movement — which this book is, to an extent….Through extensive research and a careful reading of the Wonder Woman comic books, she argues convincingly that the story of this character is an indelible chapter in the history of women’s rights.” —Miami Herald, A Finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Lepore has lectured widely. After Watergate, the parties pursued what the political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg has called “politics by other means” — the politics not of elections but of investigations and indictments of members of Congress and other elected officials, including the president.

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