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A People's History of the United States Hardcover – April 18, 2017

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“[A People’s History of the United States is] 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.” (Howard Fast)

“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. . . . [It] should be required reading.” (Eric Foner, New York Times Book Review)

"Howard Zinn's work literally changed the conscience of a generation. And the series of 'people's histories' derived from this great work have provided new understanding of who we are and what we should aspire to be."  (Noam Chomsky)

"A brilliant and moving history of the American people." (Library Journal)

"A brilliantly written story about the U.S. through the lives of those too often overlooked." (Time magazine)

From the Back Cover

With a new introduction by Anthony Arnove,  this edition of the classic national bestseller chronicles American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official narrative taught in schools—with its emphasis on great men in high places—to focus on the plight and struggles of those who have been largely omitted from most histories.

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, the working poor, and immigrant laborers. As historian Howard Zinn shows, many of our country’s greatest battles—fights for fair wages, eight hour workdays, child-labor laws, health and safety standards, universal suffrage, women’s rights, racial equality—were carried out at the grassroots level, against bloody resistance.

Covering Christopher Columbus’s arrival through President Clinton’s first term, A People’s History of the United States, which was nominated for the American Book Award in 1981, features insightful analysis of the most important events in our history.


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  • Item Weight : 1.9 pounds
  • Hardcover : 752 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062693018
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062693013
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.75 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : Harper; Reissue Edition (April 18, 2017)
  • Language: : English
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