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Addressing his trademark reversals of perspective, Zinn--a teacher, historian, and social activist for more than 20 years--explains, "My point is not that we must, in telling history, accuse, judge, condemn Columbus in absentia. It is too late for that; it would be a useless scholarly exercise in morality. But the easy acceptance of atrocities as a deplorable but necessary price to pay for progress (Hiroshima and Vietnam, to save Western civilization; Kronstadt and Hungary, to save socialism; nuclear proliferation, to save us all)--that is still with us. One reason these atrocities are still with us is that we have learned to bury them in a mass of other facts, as radioactive wastes are buried in containers in the earth."
If your last experience of American history was brought to you by junior high school textbooks--or even if you're a specialist--get ready for the other side of stories you may not even have heard. With its vivid descriptions of rarely noted events, A People's History of the United States is required reading for anyone who wants to take a fresh look at the rich, rocky history of America.
Order came on time, but I didn't need it. Ordered it prematurely because they said my son would need it for school. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Arnita Williams
I tried to keep an open mind, but this twisted individual has statements throughout the book that are easily disproved with a quick search of historical data and comparisons,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steve Bridges
Readable, in spite of the previous owners' insistence of using a bright blue, not quite, highlighter pen. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Carol Stewart