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A People's History of the World Audiobook

A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium

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Chris Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals. Interacting with the forces of technological change as well as the impact of powerful individuals and revolutionary ideas, these societies have engendered events familiar to every schoolchild - from the empires of antiquity to the world wars of the 20th century.

In a bravura conclusion, Chris Harman exposes the reductive complacency of contemporary capitalism, and asks, in a world riven as never before by suffering and inequality, why we imagine that it can - or should - survive much longer. Ambitious, provocative and invigorating, A People's History of the World delivers a vital corrective to traditional history, as well as a powerful sense of the deep currents of humanity which surge beneath the froth of government.

©2017 Verso (P)2017 Tantor

What the Critics Say

“I have had many people ask me if there is a book which does for world history what my book A People's History of the United States does for this country. I always responded that I know of only one book that accomplishes this extremely difficult task, and that is Chris Harman's A People's History of the World. It is an indispensable volume on my reference bookshelf." (Howard Zinn)

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    andrew smith 10/09/2017
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    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A patient Marxist.


    Has A People's History of the World put you off other books in this genre?

    No


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Napoleon Ryan?

    He has a deep, resonant voice; the problem is that he reads each sentence ponderously. And pauses after each.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Perhaps—I didn't get to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't mind a left-wing view of history, but this is extreme; everything is framed as class struggle or ideological—even cavemen. And the evidence consists of citing other historians' conclusions.

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    Mr. Ninian Reid Scotland 10/09/2017
    Mr. Ninian Reid Scotland 10/09/2017 Member Since 2017

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    Can I take the opportunity of gently suggesting to the kind folks at Audible: Please, oh, please extend the sleep timer by at least ONE HOUR to help me get through massive tomes such as this. The present sixty minutes is totally inadequate for insomniacs like me. I know you'll do this for me so I'm going to take the liberty of thanking you in advance ! Oh, and by the way, this is a tremendous work, worthy of at least six stars.

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