History is normally written from the point of view of the winners and rulers. But in this business of winning and ruling, many people are killed and impoverished. Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States [also here] examines history from the perspective of the losers and ordinary people — the workers. Also: Chris Harman, A People’s History of the World, 1999, 2008.
Frances FitzGerald, America Revised: History School Books in Twentieth Century (1979)