A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
This classic alternative history of the US from much beloved historian, playwright and professor Howard Zinn is a must-read for anyone interested in leaving the presidents, prime ministers and kings in the dustbin of history in favor of the American narrative as seen through the eyes of the country’s women, factory workers, African Americans, Native Americans, working poor and immigrants. A social history from the bottom-up, this compelling and easy read, with its focus on the battles for fair labor, women’s rights, racial equality and safety standards, is as relevant today as it was when first published in 1980. Its first chapter on Columbus’ arrival in the US, which I read in college, changed my worldview. Forever.