It's a bit depressing. All the stuff they didn't teach you in history class, but stuff they should have sprinkled in. Our history isn't as pretty as your school book tells you. Howard Zinn is a very liberal thinker. His history is pretty spot on, but he does sprinkle in some liberal lecturing. If you can stomach a bit of his lecturing I highly recommend this book it's shockingly eye opening. The struggles of the poor, black, women, native Americans, war protesters and draft dodgers are laid plain in this book. It covers the 1950-1990 ish. You should put Zinn's agenda aside and really listen to this. It will help you understand other peoples struggles and why they are the way they are. I expected a better performance from Matt Damon he was very plain and straight forward, but I do tend to favor other genres of books and don't listen to this style often.
I tried to read the full version right after college and didn't make it very far. Decided to do the 20th century abridged version this time and made it thru the audio version this time (Matt Damon narrates.... swoon). It lived up to my expectations. Zinn presents historical events factually, from a perspective that is ignored in conventional "History". It's a humanist view that I very much appreciate. I really like his matter of fact writing style and also the plain toned way Matt Damon read it. The only part that I thought he was a little bit emotional about was the updated info that he reads about the Clinton administration. It seems to get a little bit disproportionate amount of attention, I assume because he was still living it when he wrote it. Not that the info was less chilling, but for me it lost something when the writing changed tone.
This book really rocks your world if you still believed everything they taught you at school about American History. It makes you want to go out and learn more... realizing how little we really know and brain-washed we all have been.
I really enjoyed reading Howard Zinn’s, People’s History of the United States, in the way that he made history come alive and be fun to read. I like history in general, but he could be at times somewhat drudgery reading through various depictions of a particular author’s description of historical events. Zinn doesn’t really good job in keeping you captivated by the way he delivers the information, with not over doing it on the details, but becoming a very good storyteller.
Even though the United States history only goes back several hundred years, this book is still chock-full of information about the familiar characters that have made up our history. The book also is up-to-date and current in regards to talking about the New Millennium, the “War on Terrorism” and recent events within the last 10 years.
This is recommended reading for anyone who even has the slightest interest in the history of the United States and what has gone to make this country great, in spite of the trials and tribulations and challenges that we continue to go through.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
Sometimes uncomfortable to listen to, Zinn's book covers topics like race relations (black and native American), gender rights, war, immigration and others from the perspective of the less fortunate victims. Zinn puts the light on the stories that show that they are not simply good versus evil questions. Many undesirable stories that have been under reported but are key to understanding the fabric of our society
This is a long whine about the inequities experienced by the poor and minorities in the US in the last century. I found few new intriguing facts or insights in it. I could not finish this mind-numbing liberal rant.
A nice non-fiction listen
It was enjoyable to hear a different take on US history.
The civil rights coverage was very good. Vietnam was very interesting too. Then the author seemed to have a misanthropic view that grew tiresome.
I originally wanted to listen to this history book because I wanted to hear the historical details of my country that were not taught when I was in school. The book was very interesting at first, but the endless streaming of bitterness and negativity just got the best of me and I just had to stop listening about 3/4 through the book. Perhaps I am naive, but I also got the feeling Mr. Zinn was distorting the history at times by only telling facts he wanted to share to make his negative point, after negative point. I felt most of what he said sounded truthful, from a very radical point of view, but he left me with virtually nothing to proud of as an American. I just don't feel that is fair, or from a more centrist historical viewpoint, accurate.