A People's History of the United States

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A People's History of the United States
Baker & Taylor
Presents the history of the United States from the point of view of those who were exploited in the name of American progress.

“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 : Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2010, c2003
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial Modern Classics deluxe ed
ISBN: 9780061965586
Branch Call Number: 973 Z
Characteristics: 729, 16 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.


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Mar 03, 2014
  • john_doh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 02, 2013
  • extere rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 05, 2013
  • elle_em rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

May 13, 2013
  • Ellington4 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A brilliant and mind-opening book. A classic with great relevance for today.

Jan 24, 2012
  • Amille05 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A classic!


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