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A People's History of the United States: Highlights from the Twentieth Century | [Howard Zinn]

A People's History of the United States: Highlights from the Twentieth Century

Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools (with its emphasis on great men in high places) to focus on the street, the home, and the workplace.

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Howard Zinn's history is not what we are accustomed to, but it deserves a place on every iPod. Zinn chronicles the struggles of the oppressed, the minorities, the activists. He offers them up as both a history and a call to strive for equality. Matt Damon (who dropped a reference to Zinn's book into Good Will Hunting) perfectly captures Zinn's tone, and maintains a fine continuity despite the many quotes and occasional footnotes. �Chris Doheny

Publisher's Summary

Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools (with its emphasis on great men in high places) to focus on the street, the home, and the workplace.

Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, Zinn's A People's History is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of, and in the words of, its women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers. Here we learn that many of our country's greatest battles (labor laws, women's rights, racial equality) were carried out at the grassroots level, against bloody resistance.

Revised and updated with new chapters on Clinton's presidency, the 2000 Election, and the "War on Terrorism," A People's History of the United States features insightful analysis of the most important events in our history.

Also, listen to The People Speak,a celebration of Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.

©1980, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2003 Howard Zinn; (P)1999, 2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Matt Damon's reading captures the spirit of the text. Like the book, Damon's voice has an edge to it. He expresses the author's outrage regarding the exploitation of certain groups in American history. He also communicates Zinn's admiration for the courage and determination demonstrated by protest leaders." (AudioFile)

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    James Seattle, WA, United States 10-03-09
    James Seattle, WA, United States 10-03-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellant!"

    I'm typically not much of a history buff, but I'm becoming one and listening to a great book like this really helps. It's easy to listen to, easy to follow and just right for novice history buffs like me. I highly recommend this book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Davis 03-25-04 Listener Since 2004
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    "Great Book"

    This was a Great book with excellent historical details.

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    Louise Ozark, IL, USA 02-20-05
    Louise Ozark, IL, USA 02-20-05
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    "A must read...or hear"

    I was hooked as soon as I started listening. Matt Daemon has the perfect voice for this book. The book is intriguing and provides the history that is so often overlooked in the classroom. Very provocative.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley Lincoln, NE, USA 03-08-07
    Wesley Lincoln, NE, USA 03-08-07
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    "Not Impressed"

    Even with this being a "partial" version of the book, I couldn't make it all the way through. I have a great interest in hearing the history that our school textbooks didn't teach us or just flat out lied about, but I felt Zinn really misses the mark. He keeps uttering the same points without really going anywhere. I did appreciate the disclosure of his biases but he is so far left it’s difficult to pluck any objective information from him. I do like Matt Damon as the narrator, unfortunately the author did not supply him with enough substance to keep me interested.

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    David Fort Collins, CO, USA 12-15-06
    David Fort Collins, CO, USA 12-15-06
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    "Must Hear This!"

    This is the ideal gift for a high school senior, or anyone who has graduated from high school. The antidote to public school history (as currently taught)!

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    James Kitchener, Ontario, Canada 09-11-09
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    "It just can't fail"

    If there is anything in this reality that can be called "truth" the writings by Howard Zinn comes as close as one can with just words to it...

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    "Great Work"

    Couldn't stop listening. A must listen if your interested in learning about America's Dark History.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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