>From the DDC
Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present" is the prime example of how so-called historians have manipulated, revised and reconstructed American history in the shallowest, negative and most destructive way possible. It simply promotes confusion, hate and discontent. The author is ungrateful to those who made it possible for him to write and widely publish a purely polemic book passed-off as the history of this country. Though tough truths need to be told, validation of this narrow book as unbiased history is sad commentary. Educators who recklessly poison young and impressionable minds ought to be ashamed. However, they won't because they can't get past their self-imposed indoctrination and condescending arrogance.
>From Barnes and Noble Editors
Almost 700 pages long, this completely revised and updated edition brings a populist classic kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Written by an activist historian, A People's History presents dimensions of American history formerly glossed over in the high textbooks. (P.S. In previous editions, this lively book has sold more than 300,000 copies!)
Open-minded readers will prophet from Professor Zinn's account, and historians may view it as a step toward a coherent new version of American history.
>From the Publisher
Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research. A People's History of the United States is 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, working poor, and immigrant laborers. Revised and updated with two new chapters covering 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.
>From The Critics
Professor Zinn writes with an enthusiasm rarely encountered in the leaden prose of academic history, and his text is studded with telling quotations from labor leaders, war resisters and fugitive slaves. There are vivid descriptions of events that are usually ignored, such as the great railroad strike of 1877 and the brutal suppression of the Philippine independence movement at the turn of this century. Professor Zinn's chapter on Vietnam-bringing to life once again the free-fire zones, secret bombings, massacres and cover-ups-should be required reading for a new generation of students now facing conscription.
One of the most important books I have ever read in a long life of reading...It's a wonderful, splendid book-a 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.