We are grateful to have a copy of Howard Zinn's book for our street library. A People's History of the United States is "the first scholarly work to tell America’s story from the bottom up—from the point of view of, and in the words of, America’s women, factory workers, African Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers." I read it while living in Ecuador, in 2002, and the effect it had was to make me feel very patriotic -- humbled by the thought of all the immigrants who'd come before, their dreams, their hard work in a new country. Zinn tells the old stories with a new perspective, one rarely mentioned in the history books in school. It's an important book to read.