A People's History of the United States

A People's History of the United States

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"It's a wonderful, splendid book--a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future." --Howard Fast, author of Spartacus and The Immigrants

"[It] should be required reading." --Eric Foner, New York Times Book Review

Library Journal calls Howard Zinn's iconic A People's History of the United States "a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those...whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories." Packed with vivid details and telling quotations, Zinn's award-winning classic continues to revolutionize the way American history is taught and remembered. Frequent appearances in popular media such as The Sopranos, The Simpsons, Good Will Hunting, and the History Channel documentary The People Speak testify to Zinn's ability to bridge the generation gap with enduring insights into the birth, development, and destiny of the nation.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2003
Edition: New ed.
ISBN: 9780060528423
0060528427
Branch Call Number: 973.92 Z78p
E178 .Z75 2003
Characteristics: 729 p. ; 25 cm

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cardigramma
Mar 28, 2017

Love this book so much I am going to buy my own copy. Gives a totally different perspective on U.S. history.

cals_joe Mar 25, 2017

Probably did as much to inform my view of the world as anything I've ever read.

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kwiyjibo
Nov 14, 2016

@ Twiggzette - You won't tell us what to read, but you will tell us what NOT to read.

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red4455
Jul 27, 2015

twiggsette, it is not extreme political correctness to point out truth, simply because you do not agree. You give no specific examples for any of your declarations to make a point or for anyone to disagree with any of your charges. Therefore it is difficult to consider your review.

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john_doh17
Mar 19, 2015

Nobody likes to look in the mirror and see a big zit. Zinn makes us do so and a lot of people don't like that (it's not polite to point out zits). America has seen itself as perfect for a long time and we are taught that all the way from grade school through college (and every day on Fox News). People say Zinn blames America for everything. Honestly the nonsense of American Excemptionalism has been so steeped the other way for so long, it forced his hand to go over the top in pointing our our flaws. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but without making people take a look at the horrors committed, the overwhelming ideology of America right or wrong will continue. Howard loves America and hates what our government has done in our name, from the beginning to the present.

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Twiggzette
Mar 17, 2015

I will not recommend Zinn’s History except for two groups of readers --- students NOT included. First, adults who are deeply concerned by, or are studying, the highly destructive effects that extreme political correctness & radical activism and their resulting historical revisionism (and other revisionist disciplines like English, political science, economics, and sociology) are having upon the relevance of K-12 and university educations in the USA. (Whew! That’s a run-on sentence. My bad!) Second, people who already agree with Zinn and who want a “rollicking good yarn” to inspire them and to validate their revisionist beliefs and their reasons for existence, whatever they are worth in the real scheme of things.

For those who want to study REAL US history, there are far better texts than this, most of them written before the ‘60’s. I suggest that you go to your public libraries and browse the history shelves for books that are far more accurate and relevant than this well-written but academically biased screed. I have my favorites and you should find yours. To each his own. I won’t tell you what to read. You decide of your own free volition. Unlike at school or university, it's a free world, not a politically correct one.

As for Zinn and his books, there is a quotation I learned to heart while at university. “No one is ever a complete failure. He can always serve as a bad example.” That quote sums up this book and its author.

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fralukas
Feb 05, 2015

More relevant now than ever. Should be required reading for every American. Brings to light the story of how America came to be-who and what built it, what matters to us, and where we might be headed. Just the story of "The Starving Time of 1610 as compared with the myth of "The First Thanksgiving" illuminates the truth behind the mythology we all learn in school...The truth will set you free-if you can find it! Here you go

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john_doh17
Mar 03, 2014

Nobody likes to look in the mirror and see a big zit. Zinn makes us do so and a lot of people don't like that (it's not polite to point out zits). America has seen itself as perfect for a long time and we are taught that all the way from grade school through college (and every day on Fox News). People say Zinn blames America for everything. Honestly the bull shit has been so steeped the other way for so long, it forced his hand to go over the top in pointing our our flaws. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but without making people take a look at the horrors committed, the overwhelming ideology of America right or wrong will continue. Howard loves America and hates what our government has done in our name, from the beginning to the present.

extere Dec 02, 2013

This book should be a must for the schools. An eye opener !!

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elle_em
Aug 05, 2013

An important read. Sometimes I agreed with the historical narrative so much that Zinn's additional explanation and comments were voicing my own view.

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