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¼ Read Õ A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn Ë Library Journal Calls Howard Zinn S Iconic A People S History Of The United States A Brilliant And Moving History Of The American People From The Point Of View Of Those Whose Plight Has Been Largely Omitted From Most Histories Packed With Vivid Details And Telling Quotations, Zinn S Award Winning Classic Continues To Revolutionize The Way American History Is Taught And Remembered Frequent Appearances In Popular Media Such As The Sopranos, The Simpsons, Good Will Hunting, And The History Channel Documentary The People Speak Testify To Zinn S Ability To Bridge The Generation Gap With Enduring Insights Into The Birth, Development, And Destiny Of The Nation
As you set out to judge this book, you must first decide whether it is a work of inquiry or of advocacy This distinction has worn thin in our postmodern age, as we have become hyper aware of the inescapability of bias Nevertheless I think the distinction holds good in theory, however blurred it may be in practice.
An inquirer searches for the truth, even if the truth contradicts her original opinion an advocate attempts to motivate people, to bring about some action, even if the action is somewhat vague or Update I took this out of the library to attempt a rereadno changes, wanted to be fair Still don t care for it As noted, no changes Oh my goodness aren t we brave to tell re tell American history this way You ve been lied to and only I have the strength of character to tell you about it Yeah, yeah, yeah I ve heard it all before In C.
S Lewis Great Divorce there s a high churchman of the Church of England who s going on about how brave he was to take a secular stand and renouncing traditional beliefs The person he s talking to who was with him at that time calls him on it and says you were never in danger of being renounced You were in the main stream and only pretending or possibly fooling yourself to put the best face on it to go against the main stream That s what we ve got here, Since the 70s it s been fashionable to try and debunk American values and heroes This one goes right down
This is one of the most eye opening books I have ever read The late Howard Zinn takes off the filters with which American history is taught in schools and takes an unflinching look at how the US has not been the benevolent protector of democracy that propaganda would like us to believe Not that the founding principles were wrong they were ideal then and with some modifications re slavery and women s rights are still relevant today but American domestic and foreign policy has been held hostage by Big Capital and Old Money for over two centuries It should be made essential reading for high school seniors and college freshmen to avoid the kind of knee jerk reactionism that resulted in Drumpf s election in 2016 The US is not a perfect country and has its share blood on its hands and conscience and ignoring that ensures that we will repeat the sam Howard Zinn saw a problem in the world, a great bias in our understanding of history, a history written by the winners by tyrants and industrial magnates and warmongers and so he did something about it he created an equally flawed and opposed bias, just as carefully constructed to prop up his own one sided conclusion, in an act which always calls to my mind Bob Dylan s lineIn a soldier s stance, I aimed my hand At the mongrel dogs who teach Fearing not that I d become my enemy In the instant that I preach A staunch idealist, Zinn s standard method is to throw out the baby with the bathwater he finds an imperfection in a plan or event, and declares that, since it it not perfect, it should be rejected, outright There is no pragmatism, no sense of compromise, no utilitarian no