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Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People’s History isthe only volume to tell America’s story from the point of view of—and in the wordsof—America’s women, African-Americans, Native Americans, working poor, andimmigrant laborers. Here we learn that many of our country’s greatest battles—childlaborlaws, women’s rights, racial equality—were carried out at the grass roots level,against bloody resistance.

Revised and updated with new chapters on Clinton’s presidency, the 2000 Election,and the “War on Terrorism,” A People’s History of the United States featuresinsightful analysis of the most important events in our history.

About the Author

Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a historian, playwright, and social activist. His many books include A People's History of the United States, which has sold more than two million copies.



About the Reader: Matt Damon

Matt Damon's film career has including starring roles in Good Will Hunting (which he co-wrote), The Rainmaker, Saving Private Ryan, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and the upcoming All the Pretty Horses.  He is currently producing the TV mini-series on A People's History of the United States.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperAudio (February 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060530065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060530068
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 1, 2005
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This book presents a decidedly bottom-up perspective on American history, and it'll make you question the motivations and hidden messages behind everything you learned in school. Zinn's book is particularly suited to book-on-tape - it's got a lot of detail, but the writing is clear and concise. You might be surprised at how great of a reader Matt Damon is! He brings just enough character to the voices of the primary sources. If you have a long road trip coming up, I would recommend this book to spark deep political thought and conversation.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Chase on September 28, 2004
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Howard Zinn's A People's History of The United States is a fascinating book that reveals historys from a unique standpoint. While many school text books sugar-coat American history and downplay the faults of many key figures in our past, Zinn is brutally honest and reflects the past through the eyes of those who lived it. The book is laceed with eyewitness accounts and makes for an enjoyable and memorable read. While the vast ammount of detail can make the text a bit tetious at times, this book is a treasure for anyone looking to increase their knowlegde of the history of the United States.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lorin Labardee on August 22, 2014
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I neglected to notice this language in the description: "Highlights from the 20th Century." The CD is far too limited in scope to be much value to a high school history teacher.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Liz It Is on January 13, 2009
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This is not as good as the text version. I didn't realize until after I bought it that it was selected "highlights from the 20th century," even though so much more is covered in the book. I'd strongly recommend reading the text version instead of listening to the audio.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MCatherine Desmond on March 29, 2015
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Awesome. Embarassed I didn't read it years ago.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Murphy on September 11, 2005
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Howard Zinn has done what few historians have done in his book. To look at America with the eyes of those who have lived through the periods he describes. The picture is an attempt not to paint a picture that makes something look good or look bad but the desire to see what people living in the US have felt as events both good and bad. This is a couragious depiction of real people, often people who have been seen by otheres as less real than they really were. Mr. Zinn wants his readers to see the feelings of these people as real. I know of nothing more important than people be seen as real. The receint events in New Orlenes have once again shown the necessity to see all people as existing as much as oneself exists. I commend Mr. Zinn for the extensive research and selectivity he has accomplished in this magnificent work. I do not say that I agree with all he says but he says it and one can get a larger idea of what has been with the hope that we will use that knowledge to have true kindness come to be seen as the trough thing it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett Bishop on May 6, 2015
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Maaaaaaaaaatt Daaammmon!
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13 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 4, 2006
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This impecably researched, easy to read and understand writing style tells the truth about our Nation and the world.

The sickness of how the propaganda loaded, revisionist history that has infiltrated our schools have had a horrific effect to the literacy rate, knowlege of geography, history, lack of voting and involvement in our democracy.

All textbooks in schools are from the point of view of the "Ruling Class" and dominant culture and DO NOT represent reality or the lives of 99% of the people.

Zinn's book tells the story of the citizens of America, rather than painting stiff, cardboard cutouts of our political leaders who come off like divine Kings and Queens.

Most of the books is told from actual quotes, diaries, government documents, legal documents and words of people from that era.

The shocking reality of what happened to the soldiers who were abused and unpain in the War of Independance. The fact that onlyu large land owners could participate in the creation of our government or even HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE, is amazing.

The importants of uprisings of American's NEVER MENTIONED in our history books, like the the revolt of non-landowners or renters, the Civil War veterens who come out without getting their entire pay and wind up in debters jail.

The fact that our "founding fathers" were wealthy landowners who "owned" other humans (slaves).

The facts that the revolutiony war WAS NOT about freedom, but about Landowners who rebelled against paying taxed to England. For 90 plus percent of Americans, the Revolutionary war was of no consquence to them. But, most of the colonists, the non-landowners were bullied, and forced into service.
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