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
Probably the best history book I've ever read.
True recollection of facts without any patriotism injected into the stories.
The left sided political bias was a bit disappointing. When I picked up "People's History.." I was hoping for a comprehensive telling of America's history. Instead Zinn highlighted all of the political motivations for certain events in American history. He implied that every war was fought to protect the wealthy or protect/exploit international people and resources.
It became tiresome to have Zinn constantly bash capitalism and promote socialism throughout the entire book.
I thought the ending was self indulgent and preachy. Zinn basically encouraged everyone in the middle class to "revolt" and turn on the wealthy so that the top "1%" of the country is forced to share the 30%-40% of the nations wealth with everyone.
For being a historian, I'm surprised that Zinn has not taken into account that the countries exercising socialism and communism haven't exactly been too successful.
Zinn also pointed out that he was regretful that he was unable to include the gay rights movement. I have to admit, I was not sad he left it out because I was under the impression this was a "People's History of the United States" and not a "People's Political Movements of the United States." I just wish Zinn would've stuck to the facts and not political leanings and assumptions.
Yes - there were terrible editing mistakes and changes in volume. The producer did not do a good job and it seems like nobody bothered to listen to a final cut. There were even times were you could hear an engineer or someone talking to the narrator. Plus there were times where the narrator would read lines with sarcasm or smugness.
There were no "characters" aside from people groups.
A more appropriate title would've been "A People's History of the (Political Platforms) of the United States." At least Zinn was honest in telling the reader upfront that this history would be told through the eyes and stories of Native Americans, African slaves, oppressed women, and the less fortunate. I was actually looking for a decent, comprehensive overview of American History when I came across this book so I thought this would be a good read.
With that being said, I liken this book to a time share pitch. When you sign up for a time share, you're at first eager to go and get the free overnight stay, sometimes in a city you'd like to visit, along with maybe some free food and/or take home gifts. Then once you're actually sitting through the time share pitch you're ready for it to be over with and be on your way home - even questioning why you thought it was a good idea to start with. But when you sign up, you know what you're signing up for, even for small trade-offs and Zinn made it clear in the beginning that he was going to tell American history from a biased, minority perspective of our country's history.
I couldn't wait to be done with this book. It was negative, depressing, and removed every stitch of national pride. I was captivated with stories of how European settlers drove the Indians off the land and we all know the brutal history of slavery in the US, but when Zinn started bashing capitalism every chance he got and condemned every US President I grew pretty weary.
I was also hoping to hear more about the US involvement in every major war from a fighting/action standpoint, yet Zinn was able to turn that into a platform of the US fighting every war to 1) Protect the wealthy 2) Push an agenda 3) Oppress US/international citizens and 4) Exploit international resources. So needless to say, there were not many details in what America's involvement was unless it had to do with money or power.
By the end of this book I was exhausted by Zinn's pro-socialism/anti-capitalism stance. To demonize capitalism is like biting the hand that feeds you. I'm positive that if the country was founded on anything except capitalism, then I'm sure the US would not have risen to being a world power. And I'm not an expert in economy or even a political scientist, but I'm pretty sure other countries have tried out communism and socialism which hasn't worked out so well. Last time I checked people were not pouring into China, North Korea, and Russia by the thousands to take advantage of those country's welfare systems.
I also grew very tired of hearing about the "1%". I think it's certainly become more of a buzzword after this book was published, and certainly since 2010, but Zinn was constantly reminding the reader that the top 1% held 30%-40% of the wealth at that time, or the 1% this and that. If I wanted to read about the 1% and how people think that wealth should be redistributed among the people then I'd read a political science or economics/social science book. I'm reading a history book to get some history of our country, and not to be convinced that rich people are evil and conniving. I should've been tipped off when Zinn made the comment that "competition and conniving" were trademarks of capitalism.
Pros: a few nuggets of history that may not be covered in main stream texts.
Cons: Zinn's preaching of socialism and need for redistribution of wealth.
Bottom line: probably more of a political book than historical, in my opinion.
The audio version of this book is not to be compared to the print edition as the audio book takes on a presence uniquely its own.
This book should be required for all high school students in America