In February 2003, a remarkable event took place at the 92nd Street Y in New York, a celebration of the millionth copy sold of Howard Zinn's great A People's History of the United States. Zinn drew on the words of Americans, some famous, some little known, across the range of American history. These words were read by distinguished people in the arts: Alice Walker, Alfre Woodard, Kurt Vonnegut, James Earl Jones, Danny Glover, Marisa Tomei, Harris Yulin, Andre Gregory, and others.From that event, this audio was born. It includes selections from Christopher Columbus, a Lowell mill worker, Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, Helen Keller, Eugene Debs, a HUAC interrogation, Malcolm X, and a Gulf War resister, which are interwoven with commentary by Howard Zinn. This makes for exciting listening and is on its own an invaluable contribution to understanding American history.
To celebrate the one millionth copy sold of the late Howard Zinn’s masterpiece, A People’s History of the United States, a who’s who of American letters and cinema convened to 92nd Street Y for a night of amazing performances. Combining some of the greatest passages from Zinn’s book, including selections from Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, and Malcolm X, with the great voices of Alice Walker, Kurt Vonnegut, James Earl Jones and others, The People Speak is an invaluable recording of an incredible night of inspiration and history.
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I always find Howard Zinn books very interesting
- Richard Boyle
Educational and informative