A People's History of the United States
BlurbKnown 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.
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.
Lots of great information, but it was just too dry for me.