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A second edition of Zinn's landmark writings on history brings together 27 short writings on activism, electoral politics, the Holocaust, Marxism, the Iraq War and the role of the historian, as well as portraits of Eugene Debs, John Reed and Jack London, showing how Zinn's approach to history evolved over nearly half a century, and at the same time sharing his fundamental thinking that social movements-people getting together for peace and social justice-can change the course of history. Zinn selected these writings for their enduring cultural value.

- "The thing about Howard is that the history that he taught was not just about losing the official illusions about nationalism, about the heroic figures. It was about telling people to believe in themselves and their power to change the world." --Naomi Klein- "A welcome collection of essays and occasional pieces by the dean of radical American historians." --Kirkus Reviews, on The Zinn Reader- "Howard's life and work are a persistent reminder that our own subjective judgments of the likelihood of success in engaging human problems are of little interest, to ourselves or others. What matters is to take part, as best we can, in the small actions of unknown people that can stave off disaster and bring about a better world, to honor them for their achievement, to do what we can to ensure that these achievements are understood and carried forward." --Noam Chomsky- "Unlike many historians, he was not afraid to speak out about the difference between right and wrong." --Eric Foner, The Nation

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  • PDF | 192 pages
  • Howard Zinn(Author)
  • SEVEN STORIES PRESS; 2nd ed. edition (29 Sept. 2011)
  • English
  • 6
  • History

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  • By S. Pawley on 26 January 2003

    This collection of Howard Zinn's writings on the issue of history, its uses and its perceptions will be welcome reading for those who have sampled his simple yet fascinating writing style in his "A People's History of the United States". Zinn writes in a remarkably accessible manner; he is lucid throughout, and yet he manages to radically re-write conventional history. From the perceptions of Columbus as a hero of history, to the exploitation of the Holocaust, Zinn is like an outsider looking in on a deeply flawed institutional framework of academic history. He corrects distorted notions and misimpressions, remarkably simply, yet totally authoratitively. This book gives a wonderful sample of Zinn's essays and extracts from the 1960s to the present. Owners of "The Zinn Reader", or other collections of his work should, however be aware that much of this collection is reprinted from elsewhere.

  • By Shaka on 5 September 2014

    Really good read and insightful. Zinn puts things in a simple and clear way that is truly profound.

  • By karl thomas on 12 August 2015

    essential reading for all historians


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