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<p>Howard Zinn: A People’s His­to­ry of the Unit­ed States: Part 2 — You wan­na read a real his­to­ry book?” Matt Damon asks Robin Williams in the movie Good Will Hunt­ing. Read Howard Zinn’s People’s His­to­ry of the Unit­ed States. That book’ll knock you on your ass.” It’ll do that and more. Howard Zinn’s A People’s His­to­ry of the Unit­ed States has sold more than 2 mil­lion copies. And it keeps on sell­ing. Zinn’s close friend Noam Chom­sky said the book changed the con­scious­ness of a gen­er­a­tion.” Zinn’s his­to­ry from below approach was to fore­ground as he said, the count­less small actions of unknown peo­ple.” It was a sharp depar­ture from the stan­dard Big Man the­o­ry of his­to­ry: Gen­er­al so and so Pres­i­dent so and so, etc.</p>