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The history of the United States written by Howard Zinn, focusing not on the wars, political events and leaders, winners, etc., but on those who constitute the masses in the country, who are the victims of corporations, the state, the neoliberal economic policies, wars, clashes, legislations etc. In this respect, the book is a milestone in the introduction of a leftist voice in a country which has traditionally been extremely anti-left, anti-social policy and anti-welfare state. A must-read for everyone in the world, and especially the americans ourselves. The book makes use of a parallel structure where the author both includes the political context of the country and the world, and the conditions in which the masses are in at that moment, as can be seen from this rather touching sentence from the book: 'When I was going through the files of Fiorello Laguardia, who as a congressman in the twenties represented East Harlem, I read the letters of desperate housewives, their husbands out of work, their children hungry, unable to pay their rent, all this in that period known as the Jazz Age, or the Roaring Twenties.'
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