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People's History of the United States, A

by: Howard Zinn

Publisher: Harper Perennial (1980)

$21.99

Staff Pick by comrade: A

Zinn masters the combination of accessible prose and complex analysis. With his focus on the often repressed groups in this country and the movements of the people, Zinn paints a revolutionary picture of the failure that is American democracy. For anyone tired of corporate, pro-imperial histories of the USA.

Sinceitsoriginallandmarkpublicationin1980,APeople’sHistoryoftheUnitedStateshasbeenchroniclingAmericanhistoryfromthebottomup,throwingouttheofficialversionofhistorytaughtinschools—withitsemphasisongreatmeninhighplaces—tofocusonthestreet,thehome,andthe,workplace.Knownforitslively,clearproseaswellasitsscholarlyresearch,APeople’sHistoryoftheUnitedStatesistheonlyvolumetotellAmerica’sstoryfromthepointofviewof—andinthewordsof—America’swomen,factoryworkers,AfricanAmericans,NativeAmericans,theworkingpoor,andimmigrantlaborers.AshistorianHowardZinnshows,manyofourcountry’sgreatestbattles—thefightsforafairwage,aneighthourworkday,childlaborlaws,healthandsafetystandards,universalsuffrage,women’srights,racialequality—werecarriedoutatthegrassrootslevel,againstbloodyresistance.CoveringChristopherColumbus’sarrivalthroughPresidentClinton’sfirstterm,APeople’sHistoryoftheUnitedStates,whichwasnominatedfortheAmericanBookAwardin1981,featuresinsightfulanalysisofthemostimportanteventsinourhistory.