First Edition of A People's History; Signed By Howard Zinn
A People's History of the United States.
New York: Harper & Row, 1980. First edition, first printing of the historian's magnum opus. Thick Octavo. Signed by the author, who has transcribed the last line, "If we understand that, and act on it, not only will life be more satisfying, right off, but our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren might possibly see a different and marvelous world. Howard Zinn." Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon, especially signed.
The New York Times wrote that author "[p]rofessor Zinn writes with an enthusiasm rarely encountered in the leaden prose of academic history, and his text is studded with telling quotations from labor leaders, war resisters and fugitive slaves. There are vivid descriptions of events that are usually ignored, such as the great railroad strike of 1877 and the brutal suppression of the Philippine independence movement at the turn of this century. Professor Zinn's chapter on Vietnam-bringing to life once again the free-fire zones, secret bombings, massacres and cover-ups-should be required reading for a new generation of students now facing conscription." Howard Fast added this when he declared A People's History to be "[o]ne of the most important books I have ever read in a long life of reading...It's a wonderful, splendid book--a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future."