A Young People's History of the United States

  • by Howard Zinn, Rebecca Stefoff
  • Narrated by Jeff Zinn
  • 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Young People's History of the United States brings to US history the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans, and others whose stories, and their impact, are rarely included in stories for young people. A Young People's History of the United States is also a companion volume to The People Speak, the film adapted from A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People's History of the United States. Beginning with a look at Christopher Columbus’s arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians, then leading the reader through the struggles for workers’ rights, women’s rights, and civil rights during the 19th and 20th centuries, and ending with the current protests against continued American imperialism, Zinn in the volumes of A Young People's History of the United States presents a radical new way of understanding America’s history. In so doing, he reminds listeners that America's true greatness is shaped by our dissident voices, not our military generals.


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An Inclusive History for Young People

Howard Zinn's classic history of the US from the viewpoint of the Native Americans, slaves, and other underdogs has not only been revised for young people, it INCLUDES the history of young people; young sailors on Columbus's ships, young soldiers, young servants.

This is an essential companion to the standard history we were taught in school. Zinn takes Churchill’s famous line, “History is written by the victors,” and turns it upside down. He writes, “Every historian’s own ideas and beliefs go into the way he or she writes history,” and he takes the view of “more than just the conquerers and leaders.” He gives a voice to the vanquished.

In this young people’s version, violence of American history has not been whitewashed, but it has been made less graphic, and all has been simplified, though certainly not dumbed down.

Jeff Zinn’s narration keeps it all clear and steers away from the strident outrage that could so easily creep in to the subject.

Compellingly written and inclusive, this is a great listen.
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- Susie "I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South.""

Not appropriate for Young People

I bought this book to listen to with my kids (9 and 12) but didn't get past the first few chapters of graphic detail about chopping off the hands of kids to let them bleed to death and digging up corpses for food. There's no reason why this book needed to be so graphic (especially for a kid version of the book).
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- Steven R.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios