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THE CLASSIC NATIONAL BESTSELLER”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 FastHistorian Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States chronicles American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official narrative 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, itis 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. This edition also includes an introduction by Anthony Arnove, who wrote, directed, and produced The People Speak with Zinn and who coauthored, with Zinn, Voices of a People’s History of the United States.

Howard Zinn
November 17, 2015
784 pages

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“[A People’s History of the United States is] one of the most important books I have ever read in a long life of reading…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“Professor Zinn writes with an enthusiasm rarely encountered in the leaden prose of academic history, and his text is studded with telling quotations from labor leaders, war resisters and fugitive slaves. . . . [It] should be required reading.” — Eric Foner, New York Times Book Review”Howard Zinn’s work literally changed the conscience of a generation. And the series of ‘people’s histories’ derived from this great work have provided new understanding of who we are and what we should aspire to be.”  — Noam Chomsky”A brilliant and moving history of the American people.” — Library Journal”A brilliantly written story about the U.S. through the lives of those too often overlooked.” — Time magazine About the Author Howard Zinn (1922–2010) was a historian, playwright, and social activist. In addition to A People’s History of the United States, which has sold more than two million copies, he is the author of numerous books including The People Speak, Passionate Declarations, and the autobiography, You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train. <div id="

  • Being a patriotic American and amateur historian, I was wary of the book as it came recommended to me by an anarchist friend of mine. But, being fair and trying to see all points of view on subjects, I told him I would read it. I bought a copy on Amazon which arrived very much highlighted within, but no matter. The book was pretty much what I expected and most of it I was already aware of through my independent studies and reading of history. Nothing positive is written here so it is nowhere near a “complete” picture of history. If you are looking for justification of being a victim of society and government, this book might be for you. If you want to stay hung up on all of the injustices that have occurred in the past instead of trying to be appreciative of what opportunities you have right now before you, then this book may be for you. If you are a Communist, this book may be for you. The fact is, the US has made great strides over time in trying to correct injustices of the past so that people can make the most of their lives today. I don’t think much of Howard Zinn’s conclusions, agenda or goals in writing his versions of history. I fear that millions of our young have been brainwashed by Zinn’s drivel. I can’t believe that something like this would be required reading in any learning institution. I much rather prefer Larry Schweikart’s follow up to this book, “A Patriot’s History of the United States”.
  • Bought this book for a history class. Started reading but couldn’t believe the bias and blatant disregard for honesty I found in this book so I decided to just drop the class.
  • I am a retired educator with two Masters degrees from reputable universities. As broad as my education has been, I would not call myself truly well-educated without having read this classic adjunct to the typical canon presented at most institutions of higher learning. I have bought multiple copies over the years, as I tend to give them away to people who I think may be ready to open themselves to one of the most well-documented and unflinching historical records of the United States.
  • In short summary, this book is basically propaganda and should be renamed “All rich people must die.” But let me get into the details.This book actually starts off really great! Zinn starts out warning the reader he will not be taking a neutral stance and says he will view history only from the oppressed. He then starts off doing just that, watching the invasion of the Americas from the point of view of the natives, the revolution from the poor, slavery from those enslaved, etc etc etc. All good stuff, and I really enjoyed these parts. It was a great look into all the atrocities that have been dealt in the name of civilization, and a fresh remainder of the human cost to get us where we are today. It was also a solid reminder that just because something is law, or generally accepted, doesn’t mean it is right, and we need to constantly challenge our perspectives.But then, something really sinister happened. Zinn slowly but surely slid this book from a history of the oppressed to outright propaganda against anyone rich and anything capitalist.It starts slowly, around the point where the poor felt taken advantage of by the rich as America was being colonized. My BS meter started ringing as I noted how Zinn would change how he described the poor and the rich. The poor were always broken down into individuals, with history and struggles aplenty, and there transgressions against each other deflected to others. Meanwhile, the rich and powerful were always described in blocks, as one mass thinking-breathing unit that plotted and schemed to keep the poor down. Let me provide some examples of both.Apparently, according to Zinn, poor whites only discriminated against blacks because the rich told them to. Apparently, according to Zinn, poor whites invading Indian land was only due to rich people forcing them to. Apparently, according to Zinn, non-land owning whites were only given the right to vote so the rich could keep exploiting them. Apparently, according to Zinn, all the reforms passed to give workers the right to vote around the 1900 mark was only down so to stop the poor from rioting so the rich could continue exploiting everyone. Apparently, according to Zinn, everything any rich or powerful person ever did in their life was done as a concentrated act of evil to hurt those without money. It’s insane the mental hoops this guy jumps through to make good acts, like giving workers rights and people the vote, seem like nothing but a evil tool used by the wicked rich to hurt people! I mean, come on!The level of bias grows and grows as the book goes on, until about 50% I just hit the end of my tolerance. At this point, all the fighting the workers have been doing for rights and respect in the workplace is starting to bear fruit, and Zinn calls every win an evil deed JUST because it keeps the “capitalist system” propped up.I mean, I know that sounds like a dumb thing to say, but he really does this. A rising middle class? A buffer for the rich to keep the poor down! The right to vote? A tool to make the poor complacent! Racism? Engineered by the rich to keep the poor divided! Are you poor and did something bad? Guess who Zinn feels is really to blame . . .So I’m just done. Call me a wicked capitalist, but I just can’t see how touching money suddenly sucks out all your humanity and hooks you into the rich-and-powerful hive mind, deserving of death. And I certainly don’t want to waste my time reading a book by a guy who’s trying to force that viewpoint on me, under the guise of a “history” book.
  • Had the great honor to have had a semester of U.S. History with Dr. Zinn, my freshman year of college. I was the only African American student in the class, and I was affected greatly from hearing him speak daily on the intricacies of what was and what wasn’t in the seminal history of the country: that which is the congealed narrative of a master race or that of those affected by the impudence of power. Moreso, power run amok. Howard was my mentor, and my friend. Don’t buy a summary. Read the book. I still have the textbook he assigned me.
  • I would not recommend this book. It’s not the history that I studied. It appears to have a “slant” towards a world view that is not classically liberal but rather progressive.
  • This book is so important for the national discussion. And, this book is a great contribution to the “People’s” actual history of the United States. I just received this book as a resource – I could not put it down. I took a break to see if Howard Zinn is alive and how I might meet him. Unfortunately, all that we have are his Books, Plays, Interviews and Reflections. Being a playwright has certainly influenced his historical writings and style in this book. History is a story and he tells that story with great detail and courage. In addition, his truth is the truth of all of America since his perspective is from the viewpoint of the Indians when Columbus landed, the factory workers, women, African-Americans… This is a must read.
  • This book is heavily biased (socialist views) and omits or flat out lies about important historical facts. Sadly this is becoming the norm. If you want a real history book, you’ll have to go back about 50 yrs to a non-revised edition.
  • Everyone needs to read this book. To say it is eye-opening would be an understatement. It is one of the rare history books that tells the truth about America. The genocide of the Native Americans, slavery, exploitation of the poor whites, government controlled by the corporations, wars fought purely for business interests, plus much much more. There is also this myth that America’s politicians have only recently being influenced by corporations, money and greed when in fact the truth is they have been corrupt from the very beginning. Jefferson, Washington, Adams were not any different from the current crop, they were all crooks. Howard Zinn is a truly remarkable and brave man for having the courage to write such a masterpiece.
  • What a disgraceful one it is to, mind you the UK’s social history is not much more edifying than theirs.Only that their treatment of their people has been more brutal than our’s has been.It is absolutely ridiculous spending over fifty percent of their GNP on arms, mind you what do we need two aircraft carriers for? and then building up the national debt by importing goods from China that could be produced in the US, and therefore creating more jobs.And creating more money to be available for spending on welfare, and the infrastructure of the country.
  • Beginning with Columbus’ in 1492, Howard Zinn gives us a history of Amerika from below. From the framing of the constitution the game has been rigged in favour of the elite, the rich, the political establishment and business – especially BIG business. A relentless struggle of poor rich folk against the huddled masses by any means possible, including murder, secret surveillance, ballot rigging and vested interest lawmaking.I knew some of the history before reading this addictive account, but much of it was new to me. Immigrants from the Mayflower onwards, regardless of ethnicity, ruthlessly exploited for their labour and denied decent wages, housing and working conditions. The struggle continues to this day,and every day the USA becomes more and more polarised.”I wonder who they are, the men who really run this land………”
  • I have always taken the view that a summary but valid means of assessing a country is to view the numbers of people trying to get in as opposed to the reverse.As an Irish person, this has enabled a more positive view of my country in recent decades.And so I have always been positively disposed towards the US, a country I have visited many times and been in probably half the states.This book provides a convincing and totally more negative perception.And definitely worth reading!
  • This is perhaps one of the most important histories of America, showing the reality of a brutal, corporate led semi militarized state that underlies its projected image of freedom, democracy and the American success story. This is essential corrective reading for anyone who is interested in America and in understanding it’s political development.
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