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4.00001961168857 out of 54.00001961168857 out of 54.00001961168857 out of 54.00001961168857 out of 54.00001961168857 out of 5 4.00 (50,990 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Howard Zinn Narrator: Jeff Zinn Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9780061968358
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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

  • “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, New York Times bestselling author

  • “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. There are vivid descriptions of events that are usually ignored, such as the great railroad strike of 1877 and the brutal suppression of the Philippine independence movement at the turn of this century. Professor Zinn’s chapter on Vietnam—bringing to life once again the free-fire zones, secret bombings, massacres, and cover-ups—should be required reading for a new generation of students now facing conscription.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “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, A People’s History of the United States is required reading for anyone who wants to take a fresh look at the rich, rocky history of America.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Zinn’s work is a vital corrective to triumphalist accounts.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Zinn has written a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those who have been exploited politically and economically and whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 2/19/2014

    " History is often said to be "written by the winners", but this is history told from a different angle. Anyone who still believes what they read in their high-school history texts, and everyone who watches Fox News desperately needs to re-educate themselves. Reading Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States would be an excellent starting point. Unlike what's offered by high-school and Fox, this story is not a gooey pastry of flag-waving and American-Exceptionalism. It is not a beach-book for the pampered scions of empire. And rich, white, heterosexual, European-Americans - as well as males of all sorts - will probably not like what they read. But I doubt they'll be able to refute it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samuel Smith | 2/12/2014

    " Great book on struggle and the ugly side of history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Fry | 1/31/2014

    " Love this book. It provides an amazing perspective on the history of the United States from the point of view of wthe downtrodden and abused. The saying that the winners write the history isn't quite so accurate anymore. It is a great read for an additional perspective on our history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trevor | 1/30/2014

    " Some interesting tidbits of history but nothing really surprising if you've read "Lies My Teacher Told Me" plus a couple of Chomsky books and overall it is pretty dry and long. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adelaide Kurtz | 1/25/2014

    " This book is a completely different take on many of the important events in the United States' history. Zinn puts every story in a new and different light and gives interesting insight into clippings of documents and artifacts. I liked how this book made me see my country's history in a new way and perceive important figures in history in new ways as well. Of course since this book is highly influenced by Howard Zinn's point of view I did not agree with every thing he said. Overall though I really enjoyed reading this book and have new ideas and perspective to share with others because of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ricky | 1/25/2014

    " This book should be required reading in grade school! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trisha | 1/4/2014

    " despite anti-capitalist leanings, is contained some good facts. I appreciated the fact nuggets but the style of writing made me need to take a break every chapter or so, it was a little wearying. Which made it seem even longer (and it is a thick book to begin with). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 1/1/2014

    " Everything you thought you knew about US History is wrong until you read A People's History of the United States. Zinn is a master of his craft and for anyone who has even the slightest interest in US History, their collection is entirely incomplete without this work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 12/26/2013

    " At a minimum, excerpts of of this should be required reading in every high school history class. It's a long slog to get through the book, but the perspective it provides is all but lost in the history books we used in school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camille | 11/30/2013

    " This should absolutely be required reading for all US students. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bret | 11/25/2013

    " As Will Hunting said, this book will knock you on your ass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin | 11/12/2013

    " While imperfect, I think Zinn's survey of American history is an important counterpoint to the traditional narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan | 11/5/2013

    " I gave this 4 stars when I first rated it but I'm not sure why. It's pretty dry and these days even leftist historians think it's a bit daft. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Asa Wilks | 11/1/2013

    " Most depressing book I ever read? Maybe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 6/22/2013

    " This should be the textbook for high school history classes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shahriar Karim | 5/13/2013

    " Excellent summary of US History from a hardcore non-revisionist. Eminently readable, despite its heft. I find myself dipping into specific chapters and re-reading them from time to time as a refresher. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Miri | 11/1/2012

    " on hold... or rather, I'm considering it a book I'm studying rather than one I'm reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dharma Bum 108 | 10/24/2012

    " One of the greatest history books ever! It not only has interesting facts, but completely changes the way you view the history of the United States and more importantly completely changes the way you view the approach to history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leila-anne | 9/14/2012

    " It was nice to get a different perspective on events, but overall this book felt so intensely radical that I was left, once again, feeling like the truth was concealed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Thea | 8/6/2012

    " This is one of the most boring books I have ever read. I thought it would get more interesting during the 20th century but it didn't. I am glad it's over and done with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 4/2/2012

    " This US history book everyone should read. The real story that I certainly didn't learn in high school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amr Saad | 4/1/2012

    " thank "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debra | 3/15/2012

    " Not my cup of tea, but well done. Provoked thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genevieve Lanz | 1/29/2012

    " Very interesting and informative about the United States. It took me a while to chip through, but it was cool. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Smith-Roberts | 12/22/2011

    " This book will certainly open your eyes to the errors and omissions in the textbooks of your youth! A major revision of what you think you know "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gallaghermatt | 5/23/2011

    " i had this book assigned to me to read for my AP history class. by the time i was done, i was shocked and sickened by what i had read. i can say that no other book has shaped my political beliefs so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 5/20/2011

    " Everything you've ever been taught about American history is wrong. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken | 5/16/2011

    " When did I first open this huge "alternate history" book? Probably the early 1980s. Finally bought it and read every word -- of the most recent edition -- in 2010. It makes a lot more sense the older you get. (Unless you're one of the Koch Brothers, I suppose.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soli | 5/13/2011

    " I have lost count on how many times I have loaned out my copy; sometimes to people I hardly ever knew and it has always returned.

    Much better then that whitewashed version of American history we learned in school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 5/8/2011

    " Used in conjunction with an IB History of the Americas course for 11th and 12th graders.
    Excellent source for divergent perspectives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 5/2/2011

    " A supremely fascinating book--tells about the reactions of ordinary citizens during the entire history of the US from Columbus to 9/11, rather than just the repetition of wars and presidents we learned in our fact-filled history classes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carsten | 5/1/2011

    " possibly the greatest history book ever written. I started this in 1996 whilst at university and probably finsihed it around 2009, after reading a couple of chapters every year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arnie | 4/28/2011

    " This will be mandatory reading for my sons. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette | 4/24/2011

    " Well researched. Has been used as a high school textbook in some places. It is a revelation to all who have only read their high school history books. A must read for all Americans. I purchased this at Hastings in Paris. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shahriar | 4/21/2011

    " Excellent summary of US History from a hardcore non-revisionist. Eminently readable, despite its heft. I find myself dipping into specific chapters and re-reading them from time to time as a refresher. "

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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.