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Old 01-29-2010, 07:38 AM   #1
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Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States’’

http://www.boston.com/news/education..._books_impact/

"It’s one of the best-selling history books, a controversial tome that ignited the political consciousness of generations of young people. Taught in high schools across the nation and in some college survey courses, Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States’’ offers an activist’s perspective on history, from the founding of America to the war on terrorism."

Anyone Read it? I see it's available at Amazon for $9.99...
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:44 AM   #2
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"It’s one of the best-selling history books, a controversial tome that ignited the political consciousness of generations of young people. Taught in high schools across the nation and in some college survey courses, Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States’’ offers an activist’s perspective on history, from the founding of America to the war on terrorism."

Anyone Read it? I see it's available at Amazon for $9.99...
That book changed my life. The chapter on Columbus and the Natives of Caribbean is classic and the account of the Mexican War "woke me from my dogmatic slumber." His narrative of labor's struggle for justice is inspiring to me.

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Old 01-29-2010, 07:57 AM   #3
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Thank you. I'm right on the edge of purchasing it...
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Old 01-29-2010, 08:05 AM   #4
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It sounds like a far cry from Gone With the Wind.
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Old 01-29-2010, 08:25 AM   #5
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Old 01-29-2010, 08:42 AM   #6
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It's a great book. The history of the U.S. but not of the great and powerful men that we learn in school but of the ordinary people.
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Old 01-29-2010, 08:47 AM   #7
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"It’s one of the best-selling history books, a controversial tome that ignited the political consciousness of generations of young people. Taught in high schools across the nation and in some college survey courses, Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States’’ offers an activist’s perspective on history, from the founding of America to the war on terrorism."

Anyone Read it? I see it's available at Amazon for $9.99...
Several times. One of the best, and most powerful visions of history to ever be put down. Sadly, Mr. Zinn passed away yesterday. But his words shall live on.
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Old 01-29-2010, 10:01 AM   #8
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Several times. One of the best, and most powerful visions of history to ever be put down. Sadly, Mr. Zinn passed away yesterday. But his words shall live on.
Yep, that's what brought it to my attention...
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I hear of Howard Zinn's passing yesterday on NPR, and interview from 2008. That sparked my interest in this book. Apparently it really brings out some quite polar views that seem to want to believe the United States, and its government, can do no wrong. I haven't read it yet, of course, but that's the gist from Amazon reviews. I've always had a strong feeling our (the US) government has been up to shady things...maybe this book will shed some light on that? Hope so.
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I hear of Howard Zinn's passing yesterday on NPR, and interview from 2008. That sparked my interest in this book. Apparently it really brings out some quite polar views that seem to want to believe the United States, and its government, can do no wrong. I haven't read it yet, of course, but that's the gist from Amazon reviews. I've always had a strong feeling our (the US) government has been up to shady things...maybe this book will shed some light on that? Hope so.
Not just US governments, ALL governments and ALL politicians. Bunch of lying, rat scum the lot of them.
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:00 PM   #11
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Just bought it from Amazon....my already-purchased-to-be-read list just keeps growing!
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:30 PM   #12
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For Sony readers, they have it for $11.19.
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Not just US governments, ALL governments and ALL politicians. Bunch of lying, rat scum the lot of them.
Unfortunately, I suspect you're 100% spot-on. I sure wish it weren't so, and that they (politicians, the government, etc...) had our best interests at heart, but that would be a pipe dream.
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"It’s one of the best-selling history books, a controversial tome that ignited the political consciousness of generations of young people. Taught in high schools across the nation and in some college survey courses, Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States’’ offers an activist’s perspective on history, from the founding of America to the war on terrorism."

Anyone Read it? I see it's available at Amazon for $9.99...
I'm well into it, and find it fascinating. It is distressing however to see the same justifications for war and theft being used today as were used when the American Indians and the Mexicans were robbed of their lands.

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Fictionwise also has it for sale now, $11.55 plus micropay rebate. I read portions of it in college and I loved it.

Anyway I recommend it!

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