The Twentieth Century: A People's History (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - History - 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.

  

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User Review  - Steffan - Goodreads

Yes, I read this book because of the reference to it in Good Will Hunting. And yes, it knocked me on my ass. How do you like dem apples? Read full review

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User Review  - Megan - Goodreads

I listened to this at work. Soon after starting it, I realized there was no way I was going to remember even a good chunk of what Zinn discusses. I definitely plan on getting a copy of A People's ... Read full review

Contents

The Empire and the People i
13
the socialist challenge
31
War Is the Health oe the State
77
Selfhelp in Hard Times
99
a peoples war?
137
Or Does It Explode?
182
Vietnam
213
Surprises
255
Under Control?
301
The Bipartisan Consensus
328
The Unreported Resistance
376
The Coming Revolt of the Guards
413
The Clinton Presidency
426
The 2000 Election and the War on Terrorism 46
466
bibliography
476
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Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a historian, playwright, and social activist. His many books include A People's History of the United States, which has sold more than two million copies.

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