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on 5 September 2017
Shines a light on a lot of the short comings of the establishment, oft times saying something the reader is aware of but finding a way to truly resonate with the them and make them question themselves and their perceptions.
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on 1 October 2017
Excellent book that gives the reader a real insight to the history and development of America
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on 16 January 2016
Quick delivery, great condition, very pleased with product. Thank you! xx
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on 31 March 2017
Loved it.
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on 5 September 2015
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 Amorica happened in some vacuum, in isolation from all else, and thus the whole whaling world a fat flabby mess of murder. Thank the stars for Howard Zinn and books like this to poke holes in all the hollow hocum. Maybe some day...
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on 31 August 2017
it s very good
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on 18 March 2017
Grandson was delighted
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on 15 April 2017
Perfect
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on 13 October 2016
Beginning with Columbus' in 1492, Howard Zinn gives us a history of Amerika from below. From the framing of the constitution the game has been rigged in favour of the elite, the rich, the political establishment and business - especially BIG business. A relentless struggle of poor rich folk against the huddled masses by any means possible, including murder, secret surveillance, ballot rigging and vested interest lawmaking.I knew some of the history before reading this addictive account, but much of it was new to me. Immigrants from the Mayflower onwards, regardless of ethnicity, ruthlessly exploited for their labour and denied decent wages, housing and working conditions. The struggle continues to this day,and every day the USA becomes more and more polarised.
"I wonder who they are, the men who really run this land........."
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 27 July 2012
From a European perspective this is an insightful history of the United States. It starts from the first appearance of Europeans and has an emphasis on the people, how the people made history and how this history made them. In this book "people" should really be "peoples" as it includes not just the European immigrants but also the original inhabitants, the indentured and the enslaved.

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 Mexican war as seen by the deserting soldiers of Scott's army, of the rise of industrialism as seen by the young women in the Lowell textile mills, of the Spanish-American war as seen by the Cubans, the conquest of the Philippines as seen by black soldiers on Luzon, the Gilded Age as seen by southern farmers, the First World War as seen by socialists, the Second World War as seen by pacifists, the New Deal as seen by blacks in Harlem, the postwar American empire as seen by peons in Latin America."

THE TONE of the book can be shown by the start of Chapter 4: "Around 1776, certain important people in the English colonies made a discovery that would prove enormously useful for the next two hundred years. They found that by creating a nation, a symbol, a legal unity called the United States, they could take over land, profits and political power from favourites of the British Empire. In the process, they could hold back a number of potential rebellions and create a consensus of popular support for the rule of a new, privileged leadership."

THE BOOK has 608 pages of text spread over 25 chapters plus a Bibliography of 20 pages. There are no Notes, footnotes, illustrations or maps. The original 1980 edition has been expanded to cover the 2000 election and the start of the "War on Terrorism."
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