I enjoyed hearing history expressed from another point of view. Of course, one must keep Zinn's bias in mind while listening. I think the truth (if we can ever find truth in history) lies somewhere between the history taught in grade school, and Zinn's left leaning version.
He did a fine job of reading, perhaps the post production could be cleaned up a bit.
It made me think, and want to read more about history.
At the end of the day, these stories need to be told. The genocide of the native peoples of the Americas must never be forgotten.
THE PERFORMANCE WAS GREAT
I READ IT IN SCHOOL BUT WANTED TO LISTEN TO IT IN MY CAR
JUST INCREDIBLY POWERFUL
This was a true American History account. N/A
It helped me very much to complete my College assignments.
Not a FUN book so not rated high in this category but well worth learning
Just that it is a complete and well documented account of all the crap our ancestors perpetrated on the native Americans (The many Indian tribes). How our politicians then, as now, made numerous promises that were 100% violated and never kept
No particular character
Not a chance and not possible anyway
I would like to live in a country where these facts were required to be taught to our children in our public schools instead of the warped lies we currently teach
A story of our history as Americans without spin or political agenda. Some from the far right may argue that it is a leftist leaning text. But that would be political spin, and apologetic of the actual truths. Knowing the real truth of the heros of our history has value, and informs greatly who we are and who we can become as a nation.
The book was factual, but carefully arranged into a narrative to keep the story moving forward. I am sure this is not an easy feat for the author, but it helps to see the evolution of an idea, the recurring themes of history, and the trajectory of the arc of our national history.
With so much information presented, this could easily have become a dry plodding textbook. While not a conventional page turner, the narrator does a good job keeping the reader interested and absorbing the information.
It is a very long book, requiring days to finish. But definitely worth it.
I would be tempted to purchase this book in tangible form, just to investigate the footnotes. With so many pieces of information providing a counter point to the sugar land version of history we are taught in school, it would be good to know that there are actual sources and confirmations of the facts presented in this book.
More or less, but Mat Damon narrates the second half highlights from 20th century and I think he does a much better job. I wish he could have narrated this unabridged version
No, it takes a lot of absorbing. I had to put it down and think about it, reread it and then start again.
As a history/philosophy instructor, I can honestly share this is one of the more critical books everyone owes themself to work their way through. Just a very important book on the underbelly of American History.
I know there are some grips about the production values of this audiobook but they are very minor. The important thing about this book is it's message. We live in a wonderful country but our history is dominated by the lust for money and power, and all other values be damned. I have great hope for the Occupy movement (of which I am a member) that it can be the start of a conversation about how to build a better world. Zinn's book is a handbook for what we no longer wish to do.This book is a true classic and should be read by all Americans.
I have listened to many history books and biographies on audible and I was excited when I purchased this book because I was looking forward to getting another perspective. While this book did present a different perspective, the narrative is completely lacking and I found it very difficult to keep my attention as an audiobook. Instead of a narrative, the author lists a series of events and recountings of horrible things that the American Elite has done - more or less in chronological order. I could only make it a third the way through the book until I just got too bored with it.
The author has done some really good research, but he does a poor job putting the historical events in context. This could have been a really good book if the author would have taken the time to form a good narrative.
Boredom. OK - I already got the point that the American Elite is awful after 10 minutes - not sure if I want to spend another 20 hours having the same theme repeated back to me over and over again.
right now , # 1
chapter one , two , three , etc.
silly question for me , the whole book was great
anyone who thinks they know all there is to know about American history , needs to read this book