A People’s History of the United States

Rate: 5/5

This is a history book by Howard Zinn. I read this book, or rather listened to it, because it was a Scribd select audiobook in March. I was surprised by how much I liked the book.

In this book Zinn discusses the history of the United States from the view point of the common people, the minorities, the ones being oppressed by the government. It could probably be names an East Coast People’s history of the United States, because that’s where the main focus is, and at the end of the book, Zinn admits this and gives the names of books that go into more detail on the things he left out or didn’t cover throughly.

Surprisingly, I enjoyed this book. It was interesting to learn than what was taught to me in high school and even college. I feel like I know more about the civil rights movements, Vietnam protests, and even the Native American’s protests. I wish he had covered the Woman’s and LGBT movements better, but he does suggest books that go into more detail about these topics.

Is this book biased? Absolutely. But so are most other historical books you read. I would recommend reading this book and other books about the same time periods to gain a better “whole-picture” understanding.

Overall, it’s a good read, and I recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about American History.

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