A People's History of the United States

A People's History of the United States


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A revised edition of the American Book Award-nominated chronicle of U.S. history is told from a grassroots perspective and provides an analysis of important events from 1492 through the current war on terrorism.

“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.

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Chronicles United States history from a grassroots perspective and provides an analysis of important events from 1492 through the current war on terrorism.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2003
Edition: New ed.
ISBN: 9780060528423
Characteristics: 729 p. ; 25 cm


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Jun 07, 2019

Zinn teaches history from a more rounded perspective, and it's clear he is invested in telling the truth without judgment. I read this book in my freshman year in college, and I'm grateful to the professor who assigned it because I had previously been taught a partial history that didn't completely make sense to me, and A People's History fleshes it out in a straightforward manner. The reading was challenging but I'm all the better for it.

Apr 16, 2019


Mar 19, 2019

If you want to read a version of American history from a socialist point of view, where there were NO good presidents, Congresses, or Supreme Courts, where every decision was made in the interests of Big Business at the expense of the poor, exploited, and discriminated-against, then this is for you. This is history viewed through a very distorted lens.

Mar 11, 2019

History, it is said, is written by the victors. In the case of the U.S., that would be the elites. Zinn offers a stunning alternative, a history written from the perspective of the average citizen. If you want to be shocked out of believing the hoary public myths grounding the founding stories of our country, this is the book for you.

Nov 26, 2018

When I returned to college, the only non-major class required for graduation was a semester of American history. Halfway through the turgid assigned text, I decided that the book told me very little that my high school history hadn’t taught, or that I hadn’t already learned simply by living in this country. So, I took the test without further reading, and passed easily. If only Zinn’s book had been the required text, I would have been so much more challenged and better educated! Twiggzette doesn’t get it; exposure to facts isn’t revisionism. Like many history books, the one given to me was written for and about the 5% winners. The other 95% of us need Zinn’s book to fully understand what the American Republic is, and to comprehend the structure of our nominally representative government. SFDolceVita should realize that he is a member of the 95%. And 4thPoliticalTheory’s claim that “The fundamental flaw to this book is the same you'll find everywhere in the 'white people are the most evil race in history' argument” is not found in Zinn’s book. The suggestion that European culture is best because it is dominant is self-congratulatory nonsense. History is so much more complicated than knowing names, dates, places…
Read this book to expand your horizons and to flesh out your view of America.

Nov 10, 2018

A must read for anyone interested in the actual history of America

Oct 30, 2018

A better title would have been "A Losers' History of the United States".

CMLibrary_akeller Mar 24, 2018

It was interesting to read about the side of American history we don't usually hear about. Well worth the read.

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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