A real eye-opener! This "people's history" validates thoughts that I've had since growing up the son of factory worker parents in a small Maine mill town. I'm now 68. This is a history not taught in my university history curriculum. It was recommended to me by a fellow union activist during the Kerry/Edwards campaign. It screams "Wake up America". If only the "tea partiers" would read it.
The narrator sucks! The production was poor. I read most of the comments and was like it can not be that bad. They must have fix some problems because I did not hear a few that were mentioned through out the comments. The narrators voice gets loud then soft many times. Sometimes so soft that I have to crank up the volume and then all of a sudden the guy is screaming. I did find myself laughing at the way he tried to read people's names and when he was trying to read the writings from African Americans. Although the information was very good, it would have helped the book out if they add more chapters to break the information down. Instead of having one 3 hour chapter, how about 5-10 sub chapters to give the listener a break and a good stopping place to take in all that information. In all, I guess it could have been worse, I could have been the narrator!
This book tells you the details of American history that isn't taught in school. It is an excellent book. The book was written by a very liberal Communist and his far left progressive views are very prominent.
This book is bias but openly so. Zinn tells you at the beginning that he is going to tell you a bias history. He tells the story from the point of view of the poor, repressed and downtrodden.
I really enjoyed the stories and characters that I was able to learn about. Very touching stories. Sometimes sad but often stories of great people that tried to change the world for the better.
Churchill once said "History is written by the victors". Well Howard Zinn turns this on it's head by writing from the perspective of the oppressed not the "victors". He is upfront about his bias since all accounts of history have one, he has just chosen to be biased toward the oppressed and the abused not the "victors". Anyone who reads and enjoys history will enjoy this book even if you differ from his perspective it is still a remarkable chronicle of American History.
There exists no other American history book like this one. One where history is told through the eyes, ears and voices of the vanquished, not the victors. One where matters of class, power, race, gender, struggle, organizing and overcoming are central themes. One where despite America's sordid history, there remains hope when the people band together to demand basic rights and justice. One where progress is possible, and understanding our country's history is vital to that progress and our very survival. Thank you Howard Zinn, for illuminating a very long, dark path.
This book was so eye opening. I highly recommend this knowledge-bomb! It's hard to get though parts because it can be quite depressing but power through, it's well worth it!
I read some negative comments about the narration and editing but other than a few strange pronunciations and one or two bad slices, I thought the audio version was fine.
At one point the narration stopped while a brief conversation took place. The reading stopped once while a fountain drink was killed (complete with an audible slurping). And at least a couple of Audible's chapter breaks didn't line up well, omitting some text (how much? who knows?) That said...
This book is an excellent idea for a read. We all know the same history lessons we were taught....except we forgot most of them. This is not by accident, I'm sure that we forgot the names and dates of so much of the b.s. out teachers were teaching.
Zinn parts the veils a bit to reveal what's really going on when the history books are making their points. He attempts to include moments in our collective past that were not given as much (or any, even) attention as they could have been. We all know that our nations' past is dark and murderous and pathetic and wretched, right? Let's not pass judgment today, but let's acknowledge it and put it in order so we can understand it.
The key points that we are beat into us from 3rd grade on are not necessarily the most important moments of history. Rebellion, violence, mayhem, martial law, bigotry, and social/class struggle are a constant for the U.S.
Read this book and learn some of the history the other books overlooked. Learn how war and international incidents involving our military have been used as a tool to distract the dissatisfied, fuel a slow economy, or protect corporate interests under the banner of "humanitarianism."
This book does not attempt to make you hate your country. It only tries to give important history attention that it needs.