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Howard Zinn on War

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Howard Zinn began work on his first book for his friends at Seven Stories Press in 1996, a big volume collecting all his shorter writings organized by subject. The themes he chose reflected his lifelong concerns: war, history, law, class, means and ends, and race. Throughout his life Zinn had returned again and again to these subjects, continually probing and questioning y ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Seven Stories Press (first published November 30th 2000)
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Mar 11, 2010 Libby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: war-genocide, policy
p45 "There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people for a purpose which is unattainable."
Ismael Galvan
May 08, 2013 Ismael Galvan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The collection of essays by WWII veteran turned peace activist and history professor, Howard Zinn, in Howard Zinn On War is indispensable to any person seeking to understand the vulgar reality of war. What makes his essays powerful is his reinterpretation of a history we’ve all been brought up to believe. The spirit of Zinn’s writing is urged on by the same moral conviction that reinterpreted Christopher Columbus from a noble explorer to the more accurate description of a genocidal expansionist. ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Ismail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A must read for anyone who cares about and/or is interested in America's participation in war and/or war itself. Mostly because this is the side of history and the war that very few talk about and all sides should be discussed, even if one does not agree with them.
Owen Black
Aug 31, 2015 Owen Black rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like so much this author, I think that he explains the American history in a Human way wich show people reality.
It an essential book!
John Benson
Jul 17, 2014 John Benson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of essays that Howard Zinn, a historian, wrote from 1962-2006. This is a powerful collection of anti-war essays.
Michael Cook
Jul 26, 2012 Michael Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good collection of essays illustrating his anti-war stance and it's interesting to know that he opposed war in Iraq as early as 1998.
Oct 09, 2008 Gina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one gets boring toward the end because the essays get too long. I like Zinn better when he keeps things brief, which he did for the first 2/3 of the book.
A profound collection of essays dating from the 60s to the present about the horror that is war and how we should stand against it.
May 18, 2009 Chowning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of these essays I have read before, some I had not. I particularly enjoyed his writing on Machiavellianism in US foreign policy.
Jun 16, 2011 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the most coherent collection, but great to read some short pieces from a worldview without compromise.
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Dec 10, 2011 Brice B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very thought-provoking. Hadn't read much Zinn before this, so On War was all new to me.
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Howard Zinn was a historian, playwright, and social activist. He was a shipyard worker and Air Force bombardier before he went to college under the GI Bill and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He taught at Spelman College and Boston University, and was a visiting professor at the University of Paris and the University of Bologna. He received the Thomas Merton Award, the Eugene V. Debs ...more
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