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Howard Zinn on History

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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
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published (first published November 30th 2000)
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Oleg Kagan
When I picked up this book I didn't intend to read the whole thing and I didn't. Instead, I read the essays:

"Non-Violent Direct Action"
"The New History"
"Freedom Schools"
"Historian as Citizen"
"Discovering John Reed" and
"Secrecy, Archives, and the Public Interest"

Three of these essays, "Non-Violent Direct Action", "Historian as Citizen", and "Secrecy, Archives, and the Public Interest" focus on the Marxist (my interpretation) ideal of activism in every aspect of life. Zinn argues persuasively that
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Ramey
Inspiring. Zinn's position is that historians' claims to objectivity and neutrality are (1) total bullshit and (2) an unworthy aspiration. Zinn makes a strong statement for the activist citizen and scholar, and his essays illustrate well the need for a healthy amount of skepticism towards those entrusted to govern, lead and teach.
Claire
Howard Zinn is an idealist that has a weak grasp on economics and international relations. Yet would say this is a must read for all high school and undergraduate students. This edition reminds, or makes one aware, of many of the recent atrocities the U.S. is affiliated with, both domestically and abroad. A beginner's reasource of "why to hate politicians and capitalism" but not so much a guide of where to go from there. Stay vigilant, kids.
Patrick
So this was the second book in my post bar exam theme. Didn't have the ability to focus on a sustained work right away, so I guess we can call this pairing the ADD/collected newspaper clippings theme. Not too much to be gained by this juxtaposition, especially compared to all the other two and three books themes below. Most I can say is that Waits embodies one of the definitions of a fulfilling life that Zinn wishes for all of us.
Rhea
I'm not sure how it is that I made it so far in life without having read any Howard Zinn. And from that perspective, this was a good place to start. The collection of essays spans his career and offered a great overview on his perspectives on not just history but war, class struggle, politics, you name it. I'll be picking up some more of his books soon.
mahatma
pengantar yang memikat dari staughton lynd,
mempersembahkan tulisan2 yang semula terserak, dari howard zinn.

tapi ya itu,
saya lebih suka pengantarnya katimbang tulisan zinn sendiri di buku ini. ini bukan kumpulan tulisan terbaik dari zinn.
Jaimeson Birse
From a writing perspective, it was good. Essays that always left you wanting a bit more. Politically, I hope there's a bit less pie-in-the-sky idealism in A People's History.
Ivana
Knjižica puna ohrabrenja i inspiracije
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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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