on 8 April 2003
This book intends to provide a bottom up approach to the history of the US, starting with Columbus's treatment of the Caribbean Indians, it outlines how the events of history affected, the people, especially those sacrificed in the name of 'progress'.
The book has been criticised for not giving the whole picture. At times this is a fair criticism, especially as it has a lot of ground to cover. The excellent bibliography details the books that flesh out the topics in each chapter.
In addition, the bias of the book is quite intentional, and is discussed in the first chapter. The author aims to show that the development of modern america had many victims on its way. In addition the freedoms that were brought together did not come about by the ideals of a small number of people, but were fought for at much cost by the people who needed them.
In my opinion, the book is occasionally flawed by a slightly dogmatic approach, or by the loss of detail required for such a general work. However, a clear focus is required to make the alternative voice heard over the many assertions that the US is, and has always been, completely commited to people's freedoms, and that it is primarily a moral force in the world.