Uncommon People

Resistance, Rebellion, and Jazz

An engaging and eclectic collection of essays from “the popular people’s historian who has influenced our understanding of the previous three centuries like no other” (The Boston Globe)

“Hobsbawm writes with authority and elegance, commanding subject, form and language. . . . A dazzling mosaic. . . . Marvelous.” —The New York Times Book Review

Highlighting Eric Hobsbawm’s passionate concern for the lives and struggles of ordinary men and women, Uncommon People brings back into print his classic works on labor history, working people, and social protest, pairing them with more recent, previously unpublished pieces on everything from the villainy of Roy Cohen to the genius of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holliday. Uncommon People offers both an exciting introduction for the uninitiated as well as a broad-ranging retrospective of the work of the man Tony Judt called “a brilliant historian in the great English tradition of narrative history.”

Books by Eric Hobsbawm

On Empire
America, War, and Global Supremacy

Eric Hobsbawm

On History

Eric Hobsbawm

Interesting Times
A Twentieth-Century Life

Eric Hobsbawm

Fractured Times
Culture and Society in the Twentieth Century

Eric Hobsbawm

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