- Paperback: 768 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial (1 Aug. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060838655
- ISBN-13: 978-0060838652
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.1 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (Modern Classics) Paperback – 1 Aug 2005
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Never have I read an historical account that exposes the self-serving, elitist and hypocritical actions of government in such a brutal and frank way. That it happens to be about the USA is almost irrelevant given that most countries are guilty of the same hypocrisies and double standards that the US has been - certainly the UK has over its long history.
A book that leaves you shocked and angry about past and present deeds and embarrassed about the status quo.
It is a 'must read' book - even for non-Americans.
Buy and enjoy now!
Zinn clearly expounds his theory on American government and its control over American society and how this control dates right back to the founding fathers. Zinn explores how many different groups have been manipulated and exploited: native American indians, negros, the working class, draftees, women, farmers, unionists, the middle class, etc., etc.
Further, he argues that the purpose of American foreign policy is, and has been, to protect and expand America’s commercial interests behind a mask of protecting democracy and freedom. Zinn explores America’s military interference in Cuba, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia and others.
This is one history book which is not in the least turgid and I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in history, politics or people.
From the perspective of a certain part of America, this is a commie-pinko, bleeding heart liberal, un-American piece of garbage; the perspective of another part of America made it a bestseller.
If you do not have a history of the US, I would recommend this book. However, you may find a short conventional history of the United States useful as a companion volume to anchor this book in a familiar time-line. If you already have a history of the US, you should buy this book and compare the two.
TAKING SIDES: In the first chapter the author sets out his approach to the history of the United States: ". . . in that inevitable taking of sides which comes from selection and emphasis in history, I prefer to try to tell the story of the discovery of America from the viewpoint of the Arawaks, of the Constitution from the standpoint of the slaves, of Andrew Jackson as seen by the Cherokees, of the Civil War as seen by the New York Irish, of the ...Read more ›
The tragedy is that it is relatively unknown in the USA. Corporate control of the media (and legislature) means that the majority of US citizens seem to have very little idea of what their Government and military have been up to in the last two centuries.
'Peoples History' exposes with meticulous research and great clarity how the ruling elite of USA have single-mindedly pursued a policy of Americanisation of the whole planet. They have also used decidedly undemocratic methods to maintain their control over the political and economic institutions inside America itself. The irony is, the increasing use of invasion and occupation of sovereign countries is killing that very project, as well as hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.
Up until the Vietnam War, a considerable degree of Americanisation took place by `peaceful osmosis'. This was fine, it was not being imposed by force. And so many aspects of US society are progressive - visitors to USA invariably report Americans to be particularly open and hospitable people. USA does enjoy many social freedoms not found elsewhere. The problem is, too many Americans seem to be pretty ignorant of their own history and their government's foreign policy. This is equally true of every country in the world, like the UK where I live. But, in what is still the only economic and military superpower, it is much more dangerous.
Reading Zinn's brilliant book is crucial to rectifying this situation.
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Piece of the back cover of the book was torn off, this must have been damaged and noticed before being sent as there was no piece of the back page in the package! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
By far the best book on US history ever written, should be compulsory reading for all modern history students both in Europe and in the USA.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
From 1492 up to the present day there is death, disaster and deceit on every page and it is a very long book. It shows the white, rich man's inhumanity to every race in America. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Audrey Spruce
Good old Amorica, eh? Land of the free, the frozen yoghurt, the rest of all that stuff, and old Europe of course, where all them flipping mobsters come from, to blame, like as if... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Richard Shillam