"People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn is a book that nearly changed my life. "Nearly"? Well, it's quite anti-establishment, and I was already that. I'm sure it's been said thousands of times about this book, but it bears repeating: this is a book that every American should read.
Usually, history is written about the Presidents, Congressmen, and Generals. This book tells of the history of the U.S. from the perspective of the people. Indians, blacks, women, Mexicans, workers. There was so much to learn from this book, and so much to unlearn that we were taught.
Even if you don't agree with some of the political slants of Zinn, you will see a whole new way to view history. Supposedly it's already required reading in a few high schools and colleges. Let's hope it expands to more.
Power to the People!