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The Twentieth Century: A People's History (edição 2003)

por Howard Zinn (Autor)

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Containing just the twentieth-century chapters from Howard Zinn's bestselling A People's History of the United States, this revised and updated edition includes two new chapters -- covering Clinton's presidency, the 2000 Election, and the "war on terrorism." Highlighting not just the usual terms of presidential administrations and congressional activities, this book provides you with a "bottom-to-top" perspective, giving voice to our nation's minorities and letting the stories of such groups as African Americans, women, Native Americans, and the laborers of all nationalities be told in their own words.… (mais)
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Título:The Twentieth Century: A People's History
Autores:Howard Zinn (Autor)
Informação:Harper Perennial (2003), Edition: 1, 512 pages
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Containing just the twentieth-century chapters from Howard Zinn's bestselling A People's History of the United States, this revised and updated edition includes two new chapters -- covering Clinton's presidency, the 2000 Election, and the "war on terrorism."
Highlighting not just the usual terms of presidential administrations and congressional activities, this book provides you with a "bottom-to-top" perspective, giving voice to our nation's minorities and letting the stories of such groups as African Americans, women, Native Americans, and the laborers of all nationalities be told in their own words.
  MasseyLibrary | Jun 5, 2021 |
Howard Zinn has his biases, like any other writer passionate enough to write about the topics he covers, but the man has a gift for laying things out in a way that's honest and fair while still being true to his beliefs, all while being accessible and straightforward. A great starting point for navigating the murky waters of misinformation and biases that is American history and politics.
  mmbowers | Oct 25, 2012 |
This edition includes material from A People's History of the United States with additional chapters narrating events through 2001. As usual, Zinn writes partisan history intended to compensate for a perceived anti-democratic bias in mainstream history-writing. His work is a popular corrective to the "consensus" view of U.S. history that has deadened the curiosity of generations of high-school students by teaching them that their past is dull and lifeless. Many people will never read him because he offends their notion of political correctness, but in my experience he has a more enthusiastic and appreciative public than any other contemporary historian.
  Muscogulus | Jul 29, 2012 |
This is a history book like no other. The late Howard Zinn writes his history books from the point of view of the downtrodden and oppressed, the underdog and the ordinary people who struggle.

In this book he covers the 20th century including the Clinton Presidency. He covers the women's movement, the anti-war movements, the trade unionist movement, the strikers, the African american experience, the Native American Experience... what all of those have in common is a struggle against the Government.

Zinn writes compassionately but not romantically of the struggles, the successes and the failures of all these groups in their fight to attain equality and justice.

An excellent book, especially for those who have only been taught history by the standard american history textbook. ( )
1 vote Janine2011 | Sep 18, 2011 |
Professor Zinn and I have vastly different political beliefs but I'm going to discuss his book and not his politics right up until the end. This is an abridgement of Zinn's A People's History of the United States that only covers the 20th Century. Apparently, according to Zinn, the 20th Century didn't begin until the 1960s and then everyone protested a lot of things. Zinn makes the point of describing the "people" from the title by saying 1% of Americans control 45% of the wealth, the "people" are the other 99%. Zinn then goes on the talk about civil rights protestors, anti-war protestors, prison protestors, Indian protestors, and on and on, so in reality, the "people" are the 1% of the population who protest. The other 98% are forgotten about, I assume because they have jobs and don't have time to protest.

Zinn also misuses data to make his points, for example, comparing incomes between two groups but only converting one into 2004 dollars. He also assumes meanings to events that are not really there. For instance, in discussing the 1992 election, he states that 19% of voters were unhappy with the choices given by the two major parties and protested against the choices they were given by voting for Ross Perot. As unlikely as it seems, I would be willing to bet the a fair number of people who voted for Perot did so because they wanted to vote for him and not as a protest against the other candidates. These are just a few examples of issues I had with this book. I say book, but it was actually an audio book, so I should probably say CDs. The reason I mention that is I said at the start that I was not going to discuss Zinn's politics until the end, which would be now.

While I agree with some of what Zinn said I still had a hard time finishing the book (CD) and actually I didn't finish it. I made it to the last CD when Zinn started talking about poor oppressed Mumia Abu-Jamal and how he was sentenced to death because the government wanted to shut him up, no mention of the crime he committed or of the cop he killed. At that point I hit the eject button and if the CDs hadn't belonged to the library, I would have chucked them out the window onto 95. Damn Communist Bastard. ( )
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My book A People's History of the United States started with Christopher Columbus and ended in the mid-1970s. [Preface]

Theodore Roosevelt wrote to a friend in the year 1897: "In strict confidence... I should welcome almost any war, for I think this country needs one." [Chapter 1]
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Containing just the twentieth-century chapters from Howard Zinn's bestselling A People's History of the United States, this revised and updated edition includes two new chapters -- covering Clinton's presidency, the 2000 Election, and the "war on terrorism." Highlighting not just the usual terms of presidential administrations and congressional activities, this book provides you with a "bottom-to-top" perspective, giving voice to our nation's minorities and letting the stories of such groups as African Americans, women, Native Americans, and the laborers of all nationalities be told in their own words.

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