A People's History of the United States

Howard Zinn

23 October 2014
608 pages


As seen in the award-winning feature film, Lady Bird.

A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up the point of view.

There is an underside to every age about which history does not often speak, because history is written from records left by the privileged.

Historian and social activist Howard Zinn relays history in the words of America's women, factory workers, African Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant labourers. From Columbus to the Revolution to slavery and the Civil War – from World War II to the election of George W. Bush and the "War on Terror" – A People's History of the United States is an important and necessary contribution to a complete and balanced understanding of American history.

'A brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those who have been exploited politically and economically and whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories.' – Library Journal

One of the most important books I have ever read in a long life of reading . . . It is 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.
Zinn's work is a vital corrective to triumphalist accounts.
It has been Zinn's lifework to illuminate the subjectivities others have ignored.