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Jill Lepore

13 articles

The Last Amazon

On Wonder Woman’s feminist past.


The Disruption Machine

What the gospel of innovation gets wrong.


The Prism

“As a matter of historical analysis, the relationship between secrecy and privacy can be stated in an axiom: the defense of privacy follows, and never precedes, the emergence of new technologies for the exposure of secrets. In other words, the case for privacy always comes too late.”


The Force

How the United States came to spend more on defense than all the other nations of the world combined.


Battleground America

On the insanity of U.S. gun law.


Rock, Paper, Scissors

How America used to vote.


The Lie Factory

The invention of political consulting.


The Commandments

The Constitution and its worshippers.



The politics of Planned Parenthood.


It's Spreading

The anatomy of a 1930 epidemic that wasn’t:

Was parrot fever really something to worry about? Reading the newspaper, it was hard to say. “not contagious in man,” the Times announced. “Highly contagious,” the Washington Post said. Who knew? Nobody had ever heard of it before. It lurked in American homes. It came from afar. It was invisible. It might kill you. It made a very good story. In the late hours of January 8th, editors at the Los Angeles Times decided to put it on the front page: “two women and man in Annapolis believed to have 'parrot fever.'"


Not So Fast

The history of management consulting.



Henry Luce and Time vs. Harold Ross and The New Yorker. What was at stake in the epic magazine rivalry of the 20th century?


Tea and Sympathy

The city of Boston, the Tea Party movement, and the rightful heir to the American Revolution.