09 January 2009

According To The Publisher

For those who are in denial about Howard Zinn's A People's History:

"Since its publication in 1980, A People’s History of the United States has had six new editions, sold more than 1.7 million copies, become required classroom reading throughout the country, and been turned into an acclaimed play. . . [by] one of America’s leading historians."

"A People's History of the United States is undoubtedly the most popular, widely read radical analysis of U.S. history. First published in 1980, it has sold more than 1.7 million copies, become required reading in many high school and college classrooms and spawned several offshoot projects—most notably, the primary source reader Voices of a People's History of the United States." ~ Zach Zill, Socialist Worker

These quotes are taken from the publisher's comments about Zinn's newest adaptation (most appropriately a comic book) of one chapter of A People's History (the latest edition). See: Macmillan Academic. The above quotes, however, refer specifically to Zinn's original work.

(More to come.)


Anonymous said...

Really? His publisher says he's one of America's leading historians? Then it must be true! What reason would they have to exaggerate?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

I get your point, however, Zinn is very popular among certain segments of academia.