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A People's History of American Empire by Howard Zinn
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I didn't put it down because I disagreed with the presentation of history (although I do think it is a bit harsh). I put it down because it is a large book filled with a single version of historical events. While I do not think that the author is anti-America or anti-American, he is certainly anti-establishment, anti-expansionist, and rather bitter. He served in the military, which gives him more right to be upset with American foreign policy and military action (in my opinion). If I sat down with the intention to read about one side of the debate's view of every conflict in which Americans acted more like terrorists and conquerors, then I would probably really enjoy this. The art is interesting and the panels are fairly varied. I just wasn't in the mood to read such an extreme view of history (even though I do agree that America needs to be more careful with how it deals with foreign nations). We probably should have learned to discontinue some of the patterns of violence and retaliation, but this is an awful big book to just say that.
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Corbin Hence the title, "A PEOPLE's History". It's a bottom-up approach to history. I wouldn't call it a single version of historical events. Nothing is factually incorrect in Zinn's book. It just sheds light on information you are not comfortable with and gives voice to the real movers and shakers of America.


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