New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1980. First Edition. First Printing. Octavo (24cm); navy blue cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine; dustjacket; [x],614pp. Fine in a crisp, attractive dustjacket, unclipped (priced $20.00), with a few spots of rubbing, slight sunning to spine and extremities, and a few tiny nicks and tears - VG+.
Motivated by what he perceived as a limited perspective in the narratives found in traditional history texts, Zinn wrote his critically-acclaimed revisionist history of of the United States from the perspective of America's workers, women, and minorities. "It discusses Columbus from the standpoint of the Indians, the American Revolution as seen by poor people, the Mexican war from the viewpoint of the soldiers who fought in it. It takes a fresh look at the story of this country as viewed by women, prisoners, native Americans, and those working people of all colors and nationalities who built the country with their sweat and their struggles while Presidents and industrialists were being celebrated as heroes" (from rear flap). Since it first saw publication with a print run of 5,000 copies, the book was a finalist for the National Book Award for Non-Fiction (1981), and has become a standard text for high school and college students, selling more than 2 million copies of its various editions. A well-preserved copy, uncommon in the first printing.