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The People Speak: American Voices, Some Famous, Some Littl

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Howard Zinn

Narrated By: James Earl Jones

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: February 2004

Duration: 1 hours 42 minutes


In February 2003, a remarkable event took place in New York, a celebration of the millionth copy sold of Howard Zinn's great A People's History of the United States. Zinn drew on the words of Americans -- some famous, some little known -- across the range of American history. These words were read by distinguished people in the arts: Alice Walker, Alfre Woodard, Kurt Vonnegut, James Earl Jones, Danny Glover, Marisa Tomei, Harris Yulin, Andre Gregory and others.
From that event, this audio was born. It includes selections from Christopher Columbus, a Lowell mill worker, Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, Helen Keller, Eugene Debs, a HUAC interrogation, Malcolm X, and a Gulf War resister, which are interwoven with commentary by Howard Zinn. This makes for exciting listening and is on its own an invaluable contribution to understanding American history.


  • Anonymous

    I guess you had to be there. I listened to the selections and did not enjoy it as much as the audience did who were present in the hall. The actors who read the selections seemed to be ill-prepared. The best reading was Fanny Lou Hamer.

  • Marisa

    This is such an excellent book that brings history to life through the selections from history that Howard Zinn chose and the readers that he used. He has taken a hard look at this nation and not shied away from painful parts of our history. This has offered insight to learn from the real past and not the watered down history that we got in grade school.

  • Autumn Smith

    Fascinating. I really was riveted by the stories and personal incite of those who spoke. I plan to rent this one again if not buy the book.

  • Steve DeLeo

    I have to say I didn't get very far into this selection. The author's agenda became quite apparent. Seems he cherry-picks American history in order to put European-Americans and our founding fathers in the worst light possible.

  • Linda Osborne

    This work makes history come alive! Meaningful writings from America's past. I highly recommend this book!

  • Anonymous

    This audiobook traces the history of fighting injustice in the United States through the words of people who lived through these times. They are powerfully brought to life by the likes of James Earl Jones and Danny Glover.

  • Warren Boroson

    Frederick Douglas's Fourth of July speech was mesmerizing--especially as read by James Earle Jones. Lionel Sander's testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee was another standout.