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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.
©2017 Verso (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

“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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By Amazon Customer on 11-13-17

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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By jfintan on 02-11-18

Learn History, You Will See It Repeating

Learn History, You Will See It Repeating all around you. You must understand the past to know your place in its future and what to teach your children.

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By Thomas on 01-18-18

interesting approach

A really good listen, this book really helps to open up ones mind to different realities.

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By Mr. Ninian Reid on 09-10-17

Totally Absorbing (but I have a gripe)

Can I take the opportunity of gently suggesting to the kind folks at Audible: Please, oh, please extend the sleep timer by at least ONE HOUR to help me get through massive tomes such as this. The present sixty minutes is totally inadequate for insomniacs like me. I know you'll do this for me so I'm going to take the liberty of thanking you in advance ! Oh, and by the way, this is a tremendous work, worthy of at least six stars.

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By C. Martin on 08-29-17

Is this read by a robot?

I'm about 15 minutes into what sounds like a fascinating and long overdue book that has been written well and in a flowing and easy to read style. However the reader is absolutely mashing it up! He's reading it like a cross between an advert for a new film and child who pauses where there's no commas. If a narrator misses obvious cues to emphasis or in this case NO emphasis, it makes the thing unintelligible. I can't bear it. It needs to be re-done with a person that can read properly, following the conventions of punctuation!

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By Anonymous User on 09-24-17

Regret buying this title

Focussed on western civilisation. Not really about everyday people. More about political, socialist movements. Disappointed.

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