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- Full Title: A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present
- When Written: Late 1970s
- Where Written: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- When Published: Fall 1980
- Literary Period: Revisionist history, left-wing history
- Genre: Nonfiction, history
- Antagonist: The Establishment (the elite, powerful people of the United States)
- Point of View: Third person omniscient
Extra Credit for A People’s History of the United States
Hey, if Matt Damon loved it … . Hundreds of famous people have listed A People’s History of the United States as one of their favorite books. One of the book’s more high-profile endorsements came in the 1997 Academy Award-winning film Good Will Hunting. In one scene, Matt Damon, playing a genius, tells Robin Williams to read Zinn’s book, adding, “that book’ll knock you on your ass.” Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, the movie’s screenwriters and stars, had grown up a few doors down from Zinn’s house and were close family friends.
A memorable death-day. Howard Zinn was one of the most beloved historians of the second half of the 20th century. On the day Zinn died, however, relatively few news outlets ran stories about his passing. The reason? On the same day, an even more beloved American writer died: J. D. Salinger.