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A People's History of the United States: A Lecture at Reed College Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook

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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: AK Press; abridged edition edition (24 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873176953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873176955
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 0.8 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 858,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A scintillating lecture and discussion by the legendary teacher, historian, playwright, and activist. Here Zinn explains with great humor and passion how his teaching, his history, and his activism are parts of the same project. The stories of social movements - labor, civil rights, feminists, anti-war - are usually left out or grossly distorted in mainstream history writing. The efforts of Zinn and others to recover and pass on those stories offers to their students, to their readers, and to us, models, ideas, inspirations for how and why we might go about challenging and changing the structures of power.

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Howard Zinn set out to produce an alternative representation of the history of the United States in this landmark, and rather (in)famous book. (Some) Conservatives detest it. Leftists (tend to) love it. That said, some of his most vociferous critics are on the left. Zinn makes the point that most histories are often about Big Men, normally White and Christian. But, there have been many other big people involved, women, men, black, white, hispanic, native American, LGBT, and more. He believes that a great gap exists in most American histories of the activities of the 'people' qua public, and that many historians ignore collective action as a driver of change. I sympathise with this view. As much as single people matter, there are many who fall by the wayside having done their bit, others who continue to work in the shadows, who write (and send!) letters, raise money, carry placards, and generally show their discontent with the status quo.

What makes the book even better is that Zinn is quite up front about the failings of the book, he knows and admits that he predominantly ignores the 'big people' (though he recognises their occasional follies and successes). Zinn admits too that in earlier editions of the book he didn't pay sufficient attention to LGBT people and to their suffering, their mass movements. But, having done so, he gives us access to a story of collective action and mobilisation that is remarkable, and that distinguishes the book from many other histories that I have read. The audiobook only covered the second half of the print book, which focused on the 20th century and its movements in the US.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9863c090) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ccd3300) out of 5 stars This is not the book, it's a lecture. 9 Nov. 2008
By Robert A. Yourell - Published on Amazon.com
It's a good lecture, but the reviewers are talking about a book by the same name and author. It's an amazing book, but this ain't it.
8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa44d8978) out of 5 stars Zinn opens eyes! 1 Nov. 2000
By jeffrey a dorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I would like to praise Zinn for an outstanding book. I am a 38 year old, self educated history student. Mr. Zinn writes with a easy cadence and is able to keep interesting stories (history) that have previously bored me to tears! I learned not only new perspective and details but used the list of references to continue my lessons. I focus on labor history and this volume is the place to start. (no matter your interest) Mr. Zinn shines a new light on History because he writes from the working class perspective. I appreciate that Mr. Zinn is so detailed while not being overwhelming. In other books the tendency to abbriviate important happenings only serves to discount the struggles of the poor while highlighting the efforts of the wealthy. I strongly encourage people to read this book. It is as enjoyable to read as any good novel and very informitive. It proves again and again that truth is more facinating than ficton.
HASH(0x98b82008) out of 5 stars Five Stars 19 Jan. 2015
By Ramachandra Vemulapalli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Best summary of his world view. Adore these two CDs.
I miss him so much.
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x985f2c54) out of 5 stars One of the few books on true history 6 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The book is not for blind nationalists [like the 1st reviewer], who in Orwells's terms, have a remarkable ability of not seeing the atrocities committed by their own country. It is time that the silent holocaust, which has taken an enormous human toll, be revealed to humanity. People should realize that mass murderers like Kissinger are not the writers to be read when one is aiming for the truth. Zinn shows simply and beautifully how history should be written....a record of truth, no more no less.
5 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa03a89e4) out of 5 stars Liberate Your Mind 26 May 2002
By Mrs Z Suleman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Howard Zinn has written a masterpiece. This book explodes many received untruths about the history of the US. The idea that governments act in the best interests of coorporations has a long history, Zinn goes to its foundations during the Revolution. This book needs to be on school curricula all over the world. After reading the book it is easy to see why America is war-mongering again, this time after the 'axis of evil'.
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