A People’s History of the World

  • by Chris Harman
  • Narrated by Napoleon Ryan
  • 29 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Chris Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals. Interacting with the forces of technological change as well as the impact of powerful individuals and revolutionary ideas, these societies have engendered events familiar to every schoolchild - from the empires of antiquity to the world wars of the 20th century.
In a bravura conclusion, Chris Harman exposes the reductive complacency of contemporary capitalism, and asks, in a world riven as never before by suffering and inequality, why we imagine that it can - or should - survive much longer. Ambitious, provocative and invigorating, A People's History of the World delivers a vital corrective to traditional history, as well as a powerful sense of the deep currents of humanity which surge beneath the froth of government.


What the Critics Say

“I have had many people ask me if there is a book which does for world history what my book A People's History of the United States does for this country. I always responded that I know of only one book that accomplishes this extremely difficult task, and that is Chris Harman's A People's History of the World. It is an indispensable volume on my reference bookshelf." (Howard Zinn)


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Customer Reviews

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Well written and compelling!

This book is beautifully written and has a complimenting voice actor accompanying it. I have learned so much and anticipate more to come. As a history major I'm used to listening to history lecture after lecture but I could listen to this all day. Thank you! AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY
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- Amazon Customer


if you want a biased view of history, purchase this book. However, if you enjoy capitalism and all it has brought to the world i wouldn't buy it. This book should come with a disclaimer (other than putting "people's" in the title) telling you it's pushing a communist agenda. Think about it this way, are you willing to pay money you've earned to listen to someone tell you that same money, your means of acquiring that same money and even paying to possess this book with said money is evil. 🤔🤔🤔
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- Daniel Durand

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-29-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio