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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, working poor, and immigrant laborers.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

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"[A] classic of revisionist American history....Zinn's work is an vital corrective to triumphalist accounts, but his uncompromising radicalism shades, at times, into cynicism." Publishers Weekly

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"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." Eric Foner, The New York Times Book Review

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"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

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“Its 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 Zinns 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, Zinns 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 Zinns ability to bridge the generation gap with enduring insights into the birth, development, and destiny of the nation.

About the Author

Howard Zinn is a historian, playwright, and social activist. He was a shipyard worker and Air Force bombardier before he went to college under the GI Bill and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught at Spelman College and Boston University, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Paris and the University of Bologna. He has received the Thomas Merton Award, the Eugene V. Debs Award, the Upton Sinclair Award, and the Lannan Literary Award. He lives in Auburndale, Massachusetts.

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Kristina Mageau, August 19, 2012 (view all comments by Kristina Mageau)
Most excellent, this book thoroughly describes history in the United States, with special attention paid to the groups that most historical books prefer to ignore.
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odijooonpurpose, April 12, 2012 (view all comments by odijooonpurpose)
everyone who lives in the US should read this one!!
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C. Dodge, January 21, 2012 (view all comments by C. Dodge)
A Must-Read, for Anyone Unafraid of the Truth! (Is there a "Nobel Prize" in History? The late Zinn deserves It!). 

This book--though (thankfully) NO "Ken Burns-style" History--is (at least to THIS Immigrant of 37 years, and a World History Buff), Better, more Instructive, more Accurate and Comprehensive than ANY History Classes I've ever taken, in 2 Countries, and be they Classes and/or Hundreds of Podcasts by "piddly" Universities, such as Stanford, Oxford, UoM (MN).

I never did like Burns' PBS "movies," and "specials," anyway,,, they made me Gag in their sugar-ladden ("feel-good") "History."

As a Journalist, by Training--and someone addicted to  Philosophy, (particularly Logic, Critical Thinking, etc)--This Writer has found Nothing that has Contradicted my Own Self-Arrived Hypotheses, Theories and Conclusions, in my experience, as a Immigrant to this Country, many of which I'd myself have Written about, while still a University student. Anyone willing to "remove the scales from their eyes," and leave Ideologies at their front door, reading this book with Impartiality, will soon find that--at best--everything... EVERYTHING we've all been taught in School since Childhood, was nothing more than an Idealized "Ken Burns-ised" version  of the Truth. 

The late Zinn does not mince words! Nor does he patronizingly treat the reader as Children. Rather, using abundant Documentation and First hand accounts, he lays out the Truth of the United States of America, (indeed, of all 3 American Continents). This is a Book that requires both Reflection, Self-Awareness of Your Own Place in History, Quiet Solitude (I make it my Weekday Breakfast Time), and in little sips. It is NOT a Book intended to be Wolfed Down quickly then forgotten about. 

Of course, as Written elsewhere, this book is bound to garner heavy Criticism. After all, who likes to have their Lifelong, Cherished carefully-woven Myths, we were taught, smashed down in the face of Truths--especially, as given by the Voices of those most affected by it, (the People, on Whose Backs History is invariably made)?

I for one, prefer THIS over Sugar, any time!

This is a Keeper!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060838652
Author:
Zinn, Howard
Publisher:
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Author:
by Howard Zinn
Author:
Zinn, Howa
Author:
D. R.
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
General History
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
P.S. ed.
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
August 2005
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
768
Dimensions:
7.94x5.36x1.33 in. 1.38 lbs.

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Product details 768 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780060838652 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] classic of revisionist American history....Zinn's work is an vital corrective to triumphalist accounts, but his uncompromising radicalism shades, at times, into cynicism."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , “Its 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 Zinns 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, Zinns 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 Zinns ability to bridge the generation gap with enduring insights into the birth, development, and destiny of the nation.

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