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4.32 out of 54.32 out of 54.32 out of 54.32 out of 54.32 out of 5 4.32 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Howard Zinn Narrator: Matt Damon and Howard Zinn Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2004 ISBN:
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Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history 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 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 bloody resistance.

Revised and updated with new chapters on Clinton's presidency, the 2000 Election, and the War on Terrorism, A People's History of the United States features insightful analysis of the most important events in our history.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glorious.Clio | 2/2/2014

    " One of the better versions of American history that I have read. Less propaganda then what you typically find. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Gottert | 1/17/2014

    " Professor Zinn and I have vastly different political beliefs but I'm going to discuss his book and not his politics right up until the end. This is an abridgement of Zinn's A People's History of the United States that only covers the 20th Century. Apparently, according to Zinn, the 20th Century didn't begin until the 1960s and then everyone protested a lot of things. Zinn makes the point of describing the "people" from the title by saying 1% of Americans control 45% of the wealth, the "people" are the other 99%. Zinn then goes on the talk about civil rights protestors, anti-war protestors, prison protestors, Indian protestors, and on and on, so in reality, the "people" are the 1% of the population who protest. The other 98% are forgotten about, I assume because they have jobs and don't have time to protest. [return][return]Zinn also misuses data to make his points, for example, comparing incomes between two groups but only converting one into 2004 dollars. He also assumes meanings to events that are not really there. For instance, in discussing the 1992 election, he states that 19% of voters were unhappy with the choices given by the two major parties and protested against the choices they were given by voting for Ross Perot. As unlikely as it seems, I would be willing to bet the a fair number of people who voted for Perot did so because they wanted to vote for him and not as a protest against the other candidates. These are just a few examples of issues I had with this book. I say book, but it was actually an audio book, so I should probably say CDs. The reason I mention that is I said at the start that I was not going to discuss Zinn's politics until the end, which would be now. [return][return]While I agree with some of what Zinn said I still had a hard time finishing the book (CD) and actually I didn't finish it. I made it to the last CD when Zinn started talking about poor oppressed Mumia Abu-Jamal and how he was sentenced to death because the government wanted to shut him up, no mention of the crime he committed or of the cop he killed. At that point I hit the eject button and if the CDs hadn't belonged to the library, I would have chucked them out the window onto 95. Damn Communist Bastard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 12/12/2013

    " This man is my hero, and opened up my eyes to the idea of balanced history. You have to accept the bad and shameful parts of our past if you really want to say that you love this country. That's something I still struggle with, but reading Zinn never fails to remind me of all the strides we've made, and how it was the small and seemingly insignificant people that brought about those changes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steffan | 12/10/2013

    " Yes, I read this book because of the reference to it in Good Will Hunting. And yes, it knocked me on my ass. How do you like dem apples? "

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

    " Just ... read it. Fantastic. A must read for ... well, for anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 11/17/2013

    " It's a great book that reveals the history that you were never taught in school. Really opens your eyes and makes you question their motives at this very moment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 11/13/2013

    " Again, this was another book that changed my views of the world. Its the history of our bad deeds of the US and its people. But understanding that going in, it'll show you the silent side of our history without making you hate our country. Very dense, but still a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denae | 11/9/2013

    " If you do not have time to read the entire People's History, read this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 11/3/2013

    " This is another book that totally blew my mind in high school. Now that I know a little bit more about the ways of the world, I still think it's required reading for any American. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabe | 11/1/2013

    " Listened to abridged book on CD...interesting perspective on history. Learned a lot, also liked how it was Massachusetts-centric. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Calverley | 10/29/2013

    " Did get a little tired of all of the tales of beatings and killings "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don | 9/6/2013

    " Easy read for a history book, very informative, history from the bottom up. Full thoughts here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dr. Toxic | 5/13/2013

    " I haven't taken time to read the entire People's History of the United States, but this is very good excerpt from it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 12/14/2012

    " This is an abreviated version of his longer book (going back to Columbus). It is very interesting and eye opening but since I was listening to it on iPod I probably didn't absorb as much as I could have by reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Brimmer | 11/1/2012

    " Okay, Zinn is a commie, but that doesn't mean he's wrong about the facts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nick | 6/28/2012

    " This is like the liberal answer to reader's digest, not a history book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly | 6/5/2012

    " It was time to revisit a People's History. Every bit as captivating as in high school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 2/2/2012

    " Awesome! A must read for everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devin | 12/19/2011

    " I read bits and pieces of this in HS. I remember it being a great source for the "other" side of history- the loser's side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 12/9/2011

    " Wonderfully informative, this book can make an activist out of anyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolynn | 11/28/2011

    " This book is always out at home. I don't think I have the heart to add it to my "read" shelf as I am constantly picking it up and reading excerpts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 11/26/2011

    " Probably the tenth time I've read this, it's a book that restores my faith in America, especially durring campaign season. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deena | 10/6/2011

    " A good introduction to "revisionist" history; that is to say, this is a history of "the other" in American society, those who were long ignored, such as women, African Americans, native peoples, and non-Christians. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eva | 6/26/2011

    " Whoa, this audiobook is read by Matt Damon. More later. "

  • 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.