A People's History of the United States is an attempt by Howard Zinn to present an alternative history of America from below. It's a view of US history from the perspective of ordinary and oppressed people. It's extremely popular and - in addition to being on many high school reading lists - is often referenced in poplar culture, including in The Sopranos, Good Will Hunting and The Simpsons. According to the esteemed historian Eric Foner, "[it] should be required reading".
âItâs a wonderful, splendid bookâa book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future.â âHoward Fast, author of Spartacus and The Immigrants
â[It] should be required reading.â âEric Foner, New York Times Book Review
Library Journal calls Howard Zinnâs iconic A People's History of the United States âa brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of thoseâŚwhose plight has been largely omitted from most histories.â Packed with vivid details and telling quotations, Zinnâs award-winning classic continues to revolutionize the way American history is taught and remembered. Frequent appearances in popular media such as The Sopranos, The Simpsons, Good Will Hunting, and the History Channel documentary The People Speak testify to Zinnâs ability to bridge the generation gap with enduring insights into the birth, development, and destiny of the nation.
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