A People's History of the United States -Howard Zinn



A People's History of the United States is a 1980 non-fiction book by late American historian and political scientist Howard Zinn. In the book, Zinn seeks to present American history through the eyes of the common people rather than political and economic elites. A People's History has become a major success and was a runner-up in 1980 for the National Book Award. It has been adopted for reading in some high schools and colleges across the United States and has been frequently revised, with the most recent edition covering events through 2005. In 2003, Zinn was awarded the Prix des Amis du Monde Diplomatique for the French version of this book, Une histoire populaire des Etats-Unis.[1] Over one million copies have been sold.

In a 1998 interview, Zinn said he had set "quiet revolution" as his goal for writing A People's History. "Not a revolution in the classical sense of a seizure of power, but rather from people beginning to take power from within the institutions. In the workplace, the workers would take power to control the conditions of their lives."[2] In 2004, Zinn edited a primary source companion volume with Anthony Arnove, titled Voices of a People's History of the United States.



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The emperor of Melodies A biography of cancer




This meticulously researched book chronicles the history of cancer diagnosis and treatment from ancient Egyptian times up through the present. The description of treatment is often morbid and shows both the primitiveness of cancer treatment and the aggressiveness of the disease. It is enough to give any cancer survivor chills, while making them ever more appreciative of beating the odds to defeat or at least forestall the march of this killer. There are several fascinating aspects of the book.


Deep breath. This book is elegant, extraordinarily insightful, and most of all important. Despite the big words and the complicated science, Mukherjee had me riveted from start to finish. I thought I had a knowledge of cancer before this book, but now I understand it, in all of its feverish complexity and horrifying beauty. In the history of cancer research, there have been bright flashes of brilliance combined with truths that are stupidly rediscovered centuries too late (such as the carcinogen..


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