The political Right may have Ann Rand, but the Left has always had Howard Zinn, author of the fantastically inspirational A Peopleâ€™s History of the United States â€“ a Bible of sorts to anyone who has ever questioned the way American history has always been neatly wrapped and presented to us in a red, white and blue flag.
This beautifully-crafted documentary features passages from Zinnâ€™s best-selling history book, read by a slew of actors including Josh Brolin, Matt Damon, Danny Glover, Morgan Freeman and Viggo Mortensen, along with Zinn himself. The readings are punctuated by musical performances by artists like Eddie Vedder, John Legend, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.
Incredibly moving and passionately told, itâ€™s surprising that someone hadnâ€™t thought about putting together this documentary earlier. While conservatives are quick to shout down and label as unpatriotic anyone who would ever think to ask if America ever did anything questionable in its short history, the recently-departed Zinn proudly expresses the true beauty of this country: the freedom to ask questions.
Rating: 9 out of 10
The People Speak/DVD/2010/A&E Home Video /113 mins.
The People Speak (DVD)