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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Howard Zinn Narrator: Howard Zinn, Matt Damon Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2004 ISBN: 9780060754143
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For much of his life, historian Howard Zinn has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version 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, Zinn’s 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—its women, factory workers, African Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers. Here we learn that many of our country’s greatest battles—labor laws, women’s rights, racial equality—were carried out at the grassroots level, against steel-willed resistance. This edition of A People’s History of the United States features insightful analysis of some of the most important events in this country in the past one hundred years.

Featuring a preface and afterword read by the author himself, this audio continues Howard Zinn’s important contribution to a complete and balanced understanding of American history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Professor Zinn writes with an enthusiasm rarely encountered in the leaden prose of academic history.”

    New York Times Book Reviw

  • “Zinn has written a brilliant and moving [book] from most histories…An excelent antidote to establishment history.”

    Library Journal

  • “If your last experience of American history was brought to you by junior-high-school textbooks—or even if you're a specialist—get ready for the other side of stories you may not even have heard. With its vivid descriptions of rarely noted events, The Twentieth Century is required reading for anyone who wants to take a fresh look at America's legacy as a world power.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Howard Zinn's history is a very different one. It's about the folks at the bottom, the people.”

    Philadelphia Bulletin

  • New York Times Bestseller
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About the Author
Author Howard ZinnThe visionary historical work of professor and activist HOWARD ZINN (1922–2010) is widely considered one of the most important and influential of our era. After his experience as a bombardier in World War II, Zinn became convinced that there could no longer be such a thing as a “just war,” because the vast majority of victims in modern warfare are, increasingly, innocent civilians. In his books, including A People’s History of the United States, its companion volume Voices of a People’s History of the United States, and countless other titles, Zinn affirms the power of the people to influence the course of events.
About the Narrator

Matt Damon is an award-winning movie actor and writer. He has been nominated many dozens of times for awards for his film roles and has won twenty-five awards, including an Academy, a Golden Globe, the Humanitas Prize, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His Oscar win was for Best Original Screenplay, which he wrote for Good Will Hunting. He has also appeared on television in Will & Grace, Entourage, and 30 Rock, which earned him an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actor. As an audiobook narrator, he was among the cast of narrators of Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales, which was the 2010 winner of the prestigious Audiobook of the Year Award, top honor from the Audio Publishers Association.