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Publisher's Summary

Chris Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals. Interacting with the forces of technological change as well as the impact of powerful individuals and revolutionary ideas, these societies have engendered events familiar to every schoolchild - from the empires of antiquity to the world wars of the 20th century.

In a bravura conclusion, Chris Harman exposes the reductive complacency of contemporary capitalism, and asks, in a world riven as never before by suffering and inequality, why we imagine that it can - or should - survive much longer. Ambitious, provocative and invigorating, A People's History of the World delivers a vital corrective to traditional history, as well as a powerful sense of the deep currents of humanity which surge beneath the froth of government.

©2017 Verso (P)2017 Tantor

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“I have had many people ask me if there is a book which does for world history what my book A People's History of the United States does for this country. I always responded that I know of only one book that accomplishes this extremely difficult task, and that is Chris Harman's A People's History of the World. It is an indispensable volume on my reference bookshelf." (Howard Zinn)

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Well written and compelling!

This book is beautifully written and has a complimenting voice actor accompanying it. I have learned so much and anticipate more to come. As a history major I'm used to listening to history lecture after lecture but I could listen to this all day. Thank you! AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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Thought Provoking

Very interesting. I believe, however, that assuming our only choices are Capitalism and Socialism is very limiting.

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Extremely Biased

These are the kind of lies that only uninformed people believe. I have read hundreds of history books and never heard such an attempt to skew history. These kinds of falsehood are the reason group like ANTFA exists. If you feel like your a victim and want to blame all your problems on everybody except yourself. This is the book for you.

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BULLSHIT!!!

if you want a biased view of history, purchase this book. However, if you enjoy capitalism and all it has brought to the world i wouldn't buy it. This book should come with a disclaimer (other than putting "people's" in the title) telling you it's pushing a communist agenda. Think about it this way, are you willing to pay money you've earned to listen to someone tell you that same money, your means of acquiring that same money and even paying to possess this book with said money is evil. 🤔🤔🤔

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  • andrew smith
  • 09-10-17

Disappointing

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

A patient Marxist.

Has A People's History of the World put you off other books in this genre?

No

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Napoleon Ryan?

He has a deep, resonant voice; the problem is that he reads each sentence ponderously. And pauses after each.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Perhaps—I didn't get to the end.

Any additional comments?

I don't mind a left-wing view of history, but this is extreme; everything is framed as class struggle or ideological—even cavemen. And the evidence consists of citing other historians' conclusions.

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  • Mr. Ninian Reid
  • 09-10-17

Totally Absorbing (but I have a gripe)

Can I take the opportunity of gently suggesting to the kind folks at Audible: Please, oh, please extend the sleep timer by at least ONE HOUR to help me get through massive tomes such as this. The present sixty minutes is totally inadequate for insomniacs like me. I know you'll do this for me so I'm going to take the liberty of thanking you in advance ! Oh, and by the way, this is a tremendous work, worthy of at least six stars.

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  • C. Martin
  • 08-29-17

Is this read by a robot?

I'm about 15 minutes into what sounds like a fascinating and long overdue book that has been written well and in a flowing and easy to read style. However the reader is absolutely mashing it up! He's reading it like a cross between an advert for a new film and child who pauses where there's no commas. If a narrator misses obvious cues to emphasis or in this case NO emphasis, it makes the thing unintelligible. I can't bear it. It needs to be re-done with a person that can read properly, following the conventions of punctuation!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-17

Regret buying this title

Focussed on western civilisation. Not really about everyday people. More about political, socialist movements. Disappointed.