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Old January 3rd, 2017, 12:34 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Sam-Nary View Post
You do realize that "A Patriot's History of the United States" is JUST as guilty of bias as Zinn's book, just on the other side?
I would not go that far at all. I have both books sitting next to each other on my shelf.
I'm not saying Zinn's book is of no value but for one to begin with Zinn is to be asking for socialist indoctrination.

Western civilization is bad, blah blah blah. There, I saved you a few hours.
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 01:22 PM   #12

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I bought a great book some years ago, in paperback "Don't know much about history". It shafts most of the silly self-gratification myths of US history and is very readable and amusing.


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Old January 4th, 2017, 12:30 PM   #13

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Originally Posted by CanadianCoder View Post
I don't know one that would constitute a book for 'beginners', but the best American history I've read is Howard Zinn's 'People's History of the United States'.

He takes the perspective of oppressed people's throughout the book, to give the reader a look at America's real history.

Many modern books will likely be somewhat unbiased like this, but it's often hard to find histories that don't glaze over the really shitty stuff.

If you want to know what really happened, this is your book.
Zinn is really biased. Read what he has to say about WWII, for example--a chapter I chose at random from the pdf.

A People's War?

In short, the US can do little good in the world, and any good it does has to be balanced with a litany of all the evils.

The US is not perfect, but it is whole lot better than Zinn portrays it.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 01:41 PM   #14

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On the OP's question, while I don't know of any one book that would do justice to US history, I am currently reading McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom, which is the Oxford History of the US volume on the US Civil War. I've read a lot about the Civil War, and McPherson's is a really good history of the period (beginning in 1848) so it provides enough background to understand the War and the issues--and it covers the glories and warts on both sides. If you decide to read it, you will also need a good map of the US (or a book of maps on the Civil War).

The Civil War was probably the key event in US history.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 02:51 PM   #15

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I would suggest googling 'project gutenburg' log in and use their search feature for 'american history'. Most of the books most likely will be old school texts or written for the so teen market. Any old title will probably be just want you want.
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