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The People Speak

American Voices, Some Famous, Some Little Known
Written by: Howard Zinn
Length: 1 hr and 41 mins

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2004 Howard Zinn (P)2003 HarperCollinsPublishers

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  • Richard Boyle
  • 2009-07-29

I always find Howard Zinn books very interesting

Children in our schools should be learning about history from one of Howard Zinn's books. They are always very informative and this book is no exception, its the only way to learn the real History of the real American People.

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  • steve
  • 2011-02-28

Educational and informative

Anything by Howard Zinn is great and this is no different. Two thunbs up and a definite must listen for every American.

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  • Greg Papp
  • 2018-12-17

Incredible performances

I loved “A People’s History of the United States” and so this performance was a logical follow up. I was absolutely blown away by the quality and emotion of the performers. It brought new life and vigor to an already inspirational book.

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  • lattetown
  • 2018-09-11

Very good, but too short

I wish it was the full three hours for the price. The video is probably a better bet.

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  • sondee
  • 2016-05-14

phenomenal and moving

These are the things we weren't taught in school but that are of immense importance if we are to remember that history repeats itself. It is amazing to hear how close these old struggles are to our own current ones. Short speeches, thoughts and writings of many. Easy to follow and not terribly dense on information.