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A People’s History of the World

From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
Written by: Chris Harman
Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
Length: 29 hrs and 44 mins
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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.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-11-13

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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  • Timothy A Shaw, Sr.
  • 2018-03-05

Intellectually interesting.

It was a good review of World History, which results in more creative results with my continuing economic research.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-11-19

Good but ethnocentric and industrialized world centric

A better title could be "a people's history of the industrialized world". Ignores huge swathes of human history of Africa and the americas most notably. Great opportunities for anti racist education missed.

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  • jfintan
  • 2018-02-11

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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  • Robert
  • 2018-03-28

Oh God avoid

The narrator is the worst I’ve ever heard. His delivery is so ham - every sentence parsed like it’s the most important proclamation. Gaps and pauses abound for faux dramatic effect. Try a sample and you’ll see what I mean. Awful awful awful. I can’t comment on the content because I got about 3 minutes in before clawing for my headphones

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-11-04

Thought Provoking

Very interesting. I believe, however, that assuming our only choices are Capitalism and Socialism is very limiting.

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  • Sheldon
  • 2019-03-11

Extremely sociopolitical and at lenght

If you want to hear about all the ways people have exploited each other in history this is for you. If you want to learn about material culture or what the average person did from day to day or what things were achieved by ordinary people, look elsewhere

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  • grantnoreen
  • 2019-03-10

Should've been narrated by anyone else

The information is indispensable, but the narration is terrible. It sounds as if he's trying to make his performance the focal point instead of book.

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  • Brad
  • 2019-01-20

excellent history

Chris harman writes excellent history. the performance is also quite good. i highly recommend it

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  • Rob
  • 2018-12-29

Performance ruined it for me

I felt the narrator was over-the-top and contrived. It really distracted from the content and after not too long, I was unable to keep listening. Shame, because the book seems really fascinating. I've decided to read this one as opposed to keep listening.