Winston Churchill said that "History is written by the victors". This book is told from the losers side. Very well written and read. If you are interested in the truth about history, you should give this book a listen.
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.
Thanks for making this classic work available on audio. A wonderful job of reading-except for a few audio editing errors(minute 347 on part I and minute 172 on part II).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Very happy to have read this writing...great reading, research, very truthful and eye opening. This book should be part of every American Child's school curriculum because American History is slanted and we all benefit more knowing the actual truth.
Oddly, the best thing about this reading is to tie a correlation of how the Top 1% has never changed their tactics and the other 99% hasn't figured it out yet...and still contend and war against those that are no different than themselves...Democrats, Republicans, White, Black, Hispanic, Islam, Israeli, Russian American are all the same as long as we continue to see differences the veil will forever be over our eyes. Wake up 99%, quit thinking you are different...the Top 1% know who they are all the rest are here to support their agenda.
The history of Slavery (Both Whites and Blacks), How Native American's where treated, and lastly, Politics through the ages.
Yes, but too long to do so.
Excellent research, have told many others of this reading.