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To celebrate the one millionth copy sold of the late Howard Zinn’s masterpiece, A People’s History of the United States, a who’s who of American letters and cinema convened to 92nd Street Y for a night of amazing performances. Combining some of the greatest passages from Zinn’s book, including selections from Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, and Malcolm X, with the great voices of Alice Walker, Kurt Vonnegut, James Earl Jones and others, The People Speak is an invaluable recording of an incredible night of inspiration and history.

Publisher's Summary

In February 2003, a remarkable event took place at the 92nd Street Y in New York, a celebration of the millionth copy sold of Howard Zinn's great A People's History of the United States. Zinn drew on the words of Americans, some famous, some little known, across the range of American history. These words were read by distinguished people in the arts: Alice Walker, Alfre Woodard, Kurt Vonnegut, James Earl Jones, Danny Glover, Marisa Tomei, Harris Yulin, Andre Gregory, and others.

From that event, this audio was born. It includes selections from Christopher Columbus, a Lowell mill worker, Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, Helen Keller, Eugene Debs, a HUAC interrogation, Malcolm X, and a Gulf War resister, which are interwoven with commentary by Howard Zinn. This makes for exciting listening and is on its own an invaluable contribution to understanding American history.

Listen to the inspiration for The People Speak, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.
©2004 Howard Zinn; (P)2003 HarperCollinsPublishers

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I always find Howard Zinn books very interesting

Children in our schools should be learning about history from one of Howard Zinn's books. They are always very informative and this book is no exception, its the only way to learn the real History of the real American People.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • steve
  • kearny, NJ, United States
  • 02-28-11

Educational and informative

Anything by Howard Zinn is great and this is no different. Two thunbs up and a definite must listen for every American.

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phenomenal and moving

These are the things we weren't taught in school but that are of immense importance if we are to remember that history repeats itself. It is amazing to hear how close these old struggles are to our own current ones. Short speeches, thoughts and writings of many. Easy to follow and not terribly dense on information.