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|The only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of--and in the words of--America's women, factory workers, African Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers. Zinn shows that many of our country's greatest battles were carried out at the grassroots level, against bloody resistance.|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||2294080|
|Number Of Pages||752 pages|
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A People's History of the United States
I like the "people's" perspective that Zinn takes while exploring major themes and eras in American history. I hesitate to give it five stars because it tends to favor perspectives that make America look bad and only defends in passing. Although to be fair, America had many parts of her history that were ugly. I just wish there was more concerted effort of putting things in context for the time. Our politically correct society may not be equipped historically to handle to content without lurching into an "America is Evil" mantra.
There is NO such thing as History......read review.....
There is NO such thing as History.... there are however Historical ACCOUNTS. Histories have been written, morphed, demonized and glorified as a product of human, and only human assessment. [Even though your dog knows EXACTLY when to wake you in the morning to go outside- and/or be fed... he has no wristwatch (actually a paw-watch) or sense of chronological time]. Only humans can assign importance to various and varied events and place this information in timely order of importance. However- which events are History Worthy? H G Wells' History of the World starts with Creation (read this captivating Historical account to find Well's definition of "Creation.)" and leads us through the centuries of WAR accounts (as do many histories) to "present day." Talk show hosts, politicians, and other narrow thought provocateurs are quick to point out specific events and actions which supports and "PROVE" their narrow interpretations of historic significance . I personally find this point of view potentially dangerous to our free thought culture... which brings me to A People's History of the United States and Howard Zinn. Early U S Histories have been written without or at least with lacking regard for humanization of Native Americans. Similarly, African Americans have endured similar lack of consideration as part of the American legacy. Howard Zinn puts influence of people, into his historical accounting. The significance of Zinn's work breathes life into the shape, shaping and telling of American History. The colloquiums "History repeats itself" or "We learn from our mistakes" (debatable), takes on many dimensions with Zinn's literary crafting . In these days of sound bites, twitters, brainwashing television/radio "entertainers," faux ideas, and Bizzaro politician declarations passing as thought, it is refreshing to read a telling of our story which brings in the human element (not to be confused with the oil company ad campaign's definition), where "Reagan" is not a buzzword for "all that is good" in America, and where "Jefferson" is a person not a declarative meaning: an historical “someone” who would have been against and abhorred by the work of our current President. Just read or study and/or flip through Howard Zinn's Historical account- decide for yourself, after all- This is STILL America... you should own your thoughts. Afterthought: Howard Zinn passed away just a year or so ago- he has published many other books- avail yourself of his work- he is missed . Reviewed by Robert J M Barker- February, 2011 St. Louis, MO USA (OK you guessed i was a History major... you were right).
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
I like the literary style ;very 'readable' yet very concise. I like the subject matter and I like the intention the author has for his readers which ultimately supports justice ,not right/wrong based on opinion and social dogma, but justice based on our intuitve and integral sense of human-ness: compassion.I love Howard Zinn -is he married?
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Sure the books dont come in mint condition but they’re just like any library book I’ve ever picked up so nothing to complain about here. As for the book. It’s is full of knowledge that I would’ve never known.
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