A People's History of the United States

A People's History of the United States

Library Journal calls Howard Zinn?s iconic A People's History of the United States ?a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those?whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories.? Packed with vivid details and telling quotations, Zinn?s award-winning classic continues to revolutionize the way American history is taught and Library Journal calls Howard Zinn?s iconic A People's History of the United States ?a brilliant and moving h...

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Title:A People's History of the United States
Author:Howard Zinn
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Genres:History
ISBN:A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:729 pages pages

A People's History of the United States Reviews

  • Megan
    Jun 12, 2007
    I finally finished this after slogging through it for two weeks, and it was definitely worth it. Besides being a good refresher in U.S. history, particularly from a non-nationalist perspective, I learned a lot about people's movements, and the ways that people (as opposed to 'the great...
  • Warwick
    May 28, 2015
    In 1846, in Concord, Massachusetts, the writer Henry David Thoreau ran into a tax collector called Sam Staples, who asked for his poll tax. Thoreau declined to pay, refusing ? he said ? to contribute to what he regarded as the government's illegal war against Mexico. He was put i...
  • J.G. Keely
    May 03, 2013
    Howard Zinn saw a problem in the world, a great bias in our understanding of history, a history written by the winners--by tyrants and industrial magnates and warmongers--and so he did something about it: he created an equally flawed and opposed bias, just as carefully constructed to p...
  • Ryan A
    Jul 25, 2007
    "Zinn will blow your hair back." Thanks Matt Damon. This book was long, drawn out and boring. Do I really care to learn about every single union leader and strike in America? No, but most U.S. History Teachers think you do. Do yourself a favor, pick an interesting sentence in the intro...
  • Emily
    Mar 27, 2008
    People who don't approve of Zinn's equal opportunity perspective of history love to call him an America hater. I'm sure that George W. Bush would say that he's an enemy of freedom. But the thing that I love so much about Zinn and this book is his consistent ability to portray the Unite...
  • Krista
    Jan 24, 2008
    This is a history book intended to tell the stories that don't get told. It isn't centered around typical heroes or presidents or nationalistic jingoism. It tries to tell the "people's history" Yeah, it's biased. Zinn admits as much. Yeah, it's negative. Zinn admits as much. A...
  • Carlton
    Aug 05, 2007
    I don't know why teachers would make kids read a book about America written by someone with so little clarity. In the World According to Zinn, Americans (especially THE RICH ) are responsible for all the bad things that have happened in the last 2 centuries.If you believe as he does th...
  • Cedar
    Jul 19, 2007
    One of the most poorly written pieces of propaganda I've ever had the misfortune to read. I'll give it this: it filled in a few blindspots in my knowledge of history. There were several major events that I could swear I never learned about in history classes. (Perhaps because my high s...
  • Brian
    Oct 09, 2007
    Why write a history of the United States when you know it is one-sided and basically propaganda? I understand his stated reasons for writing the book but I think the truth is better than "this is propaganda to fight mainstream history that I think is propaganda." Any one-sided historic...
  • Billy
    Aug 11, 2007
    DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! EVER! BURN IT! HOWARD ZINN SHOULD BE DRAWN AND QUARTERED IN A PUBLIC FORUM!!! Seriously though, when I describe my highschool sophomore year history class I generally use the following sentence, "The theme of sophomore year history was: White people - bad, the...
  • Sam Sanford
    Dec 05, 2007
    Do you think the U.S. government's domination by business interests and the wealthy is a relatively recent development? Think the founding fathers would be appalled by the current situation? Think Republicans are responsible for tax cuts for the rich? Think Democrats are the party of t...
  • Rachel
    Sep 26, 2007
    This book taught me more about U.S. history than any class I ever took. I was never interested in history in school. Maybe I was just a budding socialist predisposed to reject the presidents-and-wars perspective. Maybe it was just boring. Zinn's history is more accurate to what was...
  • John
    Sep 29, 2007
    History as it's told in our high school history textbooks is history that focuses on American leaders, whether political, military, or business. Zinn argues convincingly that we need also to see history as it happened to "the people," and that this perspective is by no means synonymous...
  • Jim
    Dec 22, 2008
    As a reference or an additional information source, this isn't terrible (4 stars). It really does hit a lot of high points & some that other histories have left out. The writing is good. While dry, it is readable & conveys a lot of information. My copy is an old one that only g...
  • Andrew
    Jan 20, 2008
    A well written, but severely flawed historical work. It reads more like sociology than history, with Zinn's concern for social groups and people's movements. Now, at a certain point, those areas with overlap, but for the most part he seems less concerned with getting to a historical t...
  • Jeffrey
    Sep 23, 2008
    Actually, if you're even somewhat familiar with American History (and I'm not talking about what you learned in your politically correct high school readers, even though in recent years more of the 'bad stuff' is leaking out to our high school students), there's nothing new here. So wh...
  • Michael
    Dec 28, 2010
    The ratings on this book tend to be polarized here on Goodreads, with lots of people giving it 5 or 4 stars, and quite a few giving it 1. This is because this book is upfront about where it stands politically: Howard Zinn runs with the notion that poor people tend to be exploited by ri...
  • Mischenko
    Feb 18, 2017
    I read this for my American History course in college. Really enjoyed it! 4**** ...
  • Brian
    Jun 30, 2008
    Nobody likes to look in the mirror and see a big zit. Zinn makes us do so and a lot of people don't like that (it's not polite to point out zits). America has seen itself as perfect for a long time and we are taught that all the way from grade school through college (and every day o...
  • Stephen
    Mar 18, 2010
    0.5 to 1.0 stars. The quintessential history book for American's who hate America. My biggest problem with this book is not its existence but that it is too often introduced to young people, not as an alternative viewpoint, but as a "primary" guide to American history. As someone who e...
  • Jake
    Feb 17, 2011
    You can't review Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" without first declaring your own political bias, so here's a brief summary of mine: I grew up in a Communist-sympathizing household in Park Slope, that most liberal of all left-leaning Brooklyn neighborhoods. M...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    Nov 10, 2009
    Update: I took this out of the library to attempt a reread...no changes, wanted to be fair. Still don't care for it. As noted, no changes. Oh my goodness aren't we brave to tell (re-tell) American history this way? "You've been lied to and only I have the strength of character to...
  • P.J. Sullivan
    Sep 29, 2009
    History is about power, said Eugen Weber. This one is about the powerless majority, the humble members of society. The farmers, mechanics, laborers. The Native Americans dispossessed of their land. The slaves dispossessed of their liberty. The women and children, the rent payers, the d...
  • Alex
    Aug 10, 2014
    A People's History's 750 pages can be boiled down to two statements: 1) America sucks; 2) The only way to change it is to organize. Both of these things are true, and Zinn makes his case with comprehensive thunder - so if you're new to all this, get ready to be adorable. The ext...
  • Larry Bassett
    Jun 03, 2010
    An essential book for your home library for mind expansion and reference. I have added a lot of notes to this book to guide you from chapter to chapter in case you have particular areas of interest that you do not want to miss. I have owned a copy of this book a long time and have neve...
  • Julie
    Mar 12, 2017
    A People?s History of the United States by Howard Zinn is a 2005 Harper Perennial Modern Classics publication. I admit, up front, that this my first go at this book. I vaguely remember some controversy surrounding a history book that exposed the darker side of American History, a...
  • Roy Lotz
    Sep 15, 2017
    In a country famous for its historical ignorance, Howard Zinn sold two million copies of a 700-page history book. In a country famous for its allergy to the left, Howard Zinn wrote a best-seller from a staunchly left-wing perspective. Every evaluation of his book must begin and end wit...
  • ``Laurie Henderson
    Dec 30, 2017
    If only all of us could be as perfect as Howard Zinn! Then we'd be able to get up on our high horse and look down our nose at all the miserable humanity in the world that have achieved more than he has. ...
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  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Sep 01, 2016
    This is one of the most eye-opening books I have ever read. The late Howard Zinn takes off the filters with which American history is taught in schools and takes an unflinching look at how the US has not been the benevolent protector of democracy that propaganda would like us to believ...