- Paperback: 768 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; 01 edition (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 (93 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,824 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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From the Back Cover
Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools with its emphasis on great men in high places to focus on the street, the home, and the workplace.
Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People's History 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 Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers. As historian Howard Zinn shows, many of our country's greatest battles for a fair wage, an eight-hour workday, child-labor laws, health and safety standards, universal suffrage, women's rights, racial equality were carried out at the grassroots level, against bloody resistance. Covering Christopher Columbus's arrival through the 2000 Election and the "war on terrorism," A People's History of the United States, which was nominated for the American Book Award in 1981 and has sold more than one million copies, features insightful analysis of the most important events in our history.
This new edition contains two new chapters covering the Clinton presidency, the 2000 Election, and the "war on terrorism," continuing Zinn's important contribution to a complete and balanced understanding of American history."
About the Author
Howard Zinn (1922 2010) was a historian, playwright, and social activist. In addition to A People s History of the United States, which has sold more than two million copies, he is the author of many books, including the autobiography You Can t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, The People Speak, and Passionate Declarations.
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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.
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!
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.
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 ›
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perfect! its format is like a normal reading book, not too big and no illustrations, but it's just what i needed, really interesting book written by a great authorPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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This book was recommended by my son, a History teacher. This is real history. Read it.Published 7 months ago by jean ansell