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A People's History of the United States

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Jeff Zinn

34 Hours 11 Minutes

HarperAudio

December 2009

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'A wonderful, splendid book--a book that should be ready by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future.' --Howard Fast

For much of his life, historian Howard Zinn chronicled American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version taught in schools -- with its emphasis on great men in high places -- to focus on the street, the home, and the workplace.

Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People's History of the United States is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of—and in the words of—America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers. As Zinn shows, many of our country's greatest battles—the fights for a fair wage, an eight-hour workday, child-labor laws, health and safety standards, universal suffrage, women's rights, racial equality—were carried out at the grassroots level, against bloody resistance.

Covering Christopher Columbus's arrival through President Clinton's first term, A People's History of the United States features insightful analysis of the most important events in our history.

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  • David Smith

    Is a phenomenal view of the history of our Nation from a different perspective. There is a lot of truth in this history that must be shared.

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  • Martina Meyer

    This book is amazing! It is a required reading for my college U.S. History class and I am honored to have been introduced to this accurate, wonderful historical work of art. Howard Zinn brings so many important recollections and accounts into perspective. He sheds a very bright light on issues that have been swept under the rug for many generations. I found this book extremely relevant as well as refreshing. I honestly believe that if you don't like this book or you disagree with it in anyway, then you are completely blind to the truth or corrupt. The only people that wouldn't like this book is either involved with the U.S. Government or a faction of the one percent. Open your eyes and get with the program! The 99 percent shall join together and rise up to take our nation back :) We the people, will be proud once again! A revolution is surely coming, are you prepared?

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  • Mark Regalado

    The incredible amount of details presented here, fill in so many untold tales of American history. Zin illustrates well the struggle of the many against the few from Columbus right up to the new millennium .

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  • Chris James

    So much omitted in public schools it makes me sick. Great title, excellent narration.

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  • Ralph B.

    This book is not history, it is selective historical propaganda. It is no more accurate than the 1950s grade school version of history, it just has a different and less optimistic take on the selective choice of history cited. It has been widely criticized as such, even by otherwise very liberal professors of history. Zinn distills the American experience into a battle between the haves and have nots in order to argue for a Maoist socialist revolution, nothing more and nothing less. In the process he has destroyed the ability of millions of Americans to see the shades of gray and discern the complexities and contradictions of the past. The truth is so much more complex that these simplistic stories of exploitation. I invite you to do a simple web search and read the vast array of criticism and information relating to this book, before you praise it as "accurate." Please do buy it and listen to it, but listen critically. And if you are in high school or college and this book is presented as THE history by your teacher / professor, please run. Ask for your money back, because your teacher is absolutely NOT in tune with the actual study of history and is presenting this simplistic, selective text because they either don't know any better, or because they don't care about history but want to indoctrinate you into specific political ideologies. Finally, if you believe this book whole cloth, then your identity as an American and presence on the continent is absolutely meaningless or even villainous and--unless you are a member of a Native American nation, you have an immediate obligation to hand over all your ill-gotten personal property to the local Indian nation, leave the North American Continent and go back to Europe or wherever your ancestors came from. You do not even have a right to foment political change in a land that was stolen with intention and malice. That is what Zinn forgets to tell you in his fever to bring you into the cult of hating America.

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  • Anonymous

    Listening to history from a leftist is like listening to Richard Spencer talk about the Holocaust

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  • Mike B

    “Thoughts of a Demoncratic Socialist” is what Zin should have named this terrible book! Nice try Zin...But you will never again fool anyone on how this GREAT NATION was formed!

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