A People's History of the United States
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A People's History of the United States


Known 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 Americ...

Title:A People's History of the United States
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:729 pages

    A People's History of the United States Reviews

  • 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 his...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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 fol...

  • 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 lear...

  • 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 contrib...

  • Diane
    Mar 24, 2014

    I loved this so much that I'm going to resort to hyperbole: If you read only one book about American history, let it be this one.This is not a typical history book. Instead of telling the stories of 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 'b...

  • 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 pol...

  • 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 controve...

About Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn was a historian, playwright, and social activist. He was a shipyard worker and a bombardier with the U.S. Army Air Force in Europe during the Second World War before he went to college under the GI Bill and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Zinn taught at Spelman College and Boston University, and was a visiting professor at the University of Paris and the University of Bolo