Anders Hjemdahl Hjemdahl itibaren Mekhovaya Fabrika, Tambovskaya oblast', Rusya, 393279
A fascinating and sobering introduction to Amerian history from the viewpoint of those with no political power: common laborers, slaves and sharecroppers, Native Americans, women. Zinn presents a scathing indictment of unfettered capitalism as the source of America's social and economic difficulties of yesterday and today. At times, Zinn relies too heavily on anecdotal evidence—as a a statistician, I was most impressed by his reports of large trends, such as the huge number of striking workers during World War II—but overall, A People's History is very powerfully written, and is full of shocking revelations for Americans who learned history in public schools. Reading this book puts the outrageous excesses of the current Administration into context. GWB has not, in actuality, charted a fundamentally new course in US wartime policy; primarily, he is guilty of piling on the same old bullshit to an unusual depth.