A People's History of the United States

non-fiction by Howard Zinn


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.
Open-minded readers will prophet from Professor Zinn's account, and historians may view it as a step toward a coherent new version of American history.

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The chapters were a bit lengthy. I found myself often thinking that most of them could have ended 10 pages earlier and still gotten across their points and purpose with just as much evidence and conviction. I would not call it "lively, clear prose." The book is a trip through US history from the perspective of the losers, the have-nots, the oppressed. From this perspective and base on who the author is, it has a socialist bias. Howard Zinn admits this, but one must remember that everyone has some sort of bias. I think this should definitely be a book read by all people. Even the most patriotic, capitalist, elitist American should read this counter argument and take in the valid points Zinn makes. The moments of progressive/socialist protest in the 1900-1920s and 1960-1970s were especially moving to read. I do feel though after reading it in 2020 that only a little has changed since 1492 and slowly, only a little more will.

0 Responses posted in March


Verdaderamente la "otra historia". Se aprende mucho de la historia social, de como se fueron formando los EE.UU. Para contrastar con lo que creemos que sabemos.

0 Responses posted in January


Lots of great information, but it was just too dry for me.

0 Responses posted in December
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