A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present - Howard Zinn Well, that was...that. Theres not much to complain about, certainly. Well written, well structured, an indispensable array of Things To Know. As a broader political argument though, theres something there that bugs me a bit. Something a bit tepid and disengaged. Like if we could just make all the bad, bad people and their nasty capitalist nationalist systems go away, everyone else would just be revealed as all lovely and moist on the inside and live happily ever after in some sort of anarcho syndicalist utopia. I find it about as convincing as those old, smooth pictures of the future where cities are under domes for no particular reason and everything gets from place to place in tubes. Zinn tells the stories of people, and they're fantastic, but he leaves the system as a machine and never gets into the blood and guts of it.

Or maybe it's just me. Recommended anyway. These are Things to Know.