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Passionate Declarations: Essays on War and Justice

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From the bestselling author of A People's History of the United States comes this selection of passionate, honest, and piercing essays looking at American political ideology.

Howard Zinn brings to Passionate Declarations the same astringent style and provocative point of view that led more than a million people to buy his book A People's History of the United States. He dir
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 17th 2003 by Harper Perennial (first published June 1st 2003)
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Bryce Wilson
Good book, don't agree with all of it, but I think raconteur is an undervalued position and it's one that Zinn fit's perfectly.

I don't agree with, for example the claim he makes that Japan had no real plan for defense for an island invasion, when they in fact had a pretty humungous, one. Wikipedia "The Honorable Death Of The Million". If he had focused his argument on what happened in Nagasaki it would have been a stronger argument.

Zinn's whole argument basically focuses on him having a much be
Gretch Engelson
Jun 23, 2011 Gretch Engelson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who wants an education of the U.S. government.
Zinn has quickly become a favorite author of mine. He gives an honest, factual, critique of our country. This book talks about the unseen and often stubbornly ignored injustices of our country. As a person who is strongly passionate about social justice this book really opened my eyes and showed me areas that need improving in our country. I absolutely love the way he writes and the fact that he has strong facts to back up each statement he makes. He uses quotes from government documents, presid ...more
C. Scott
Zinn is amazing. He talked the talk and walked the walk. I have such respect for this man and his intellectual achievements. This book was fantastic. I'll admit, it sat on my shelf for a good 8 months because I was worried it would be too preachy. I was wrong. This book is an inspiration - though the chapter on freedom of speech was at the same time one of the most depressing things I've ever read. If you've made it through A People's History of the United States you'll find this a much easier, ...more
Mary Jarchow
Mar 14, 2007 Mary Jarchow rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Brock-if he hasn't already, and people who want to know more about the American "democracy"
This book is very intense. Sometimes can get overbearing and repetitive. Some people may consider his views too extreme. He educates the reader on the government (almost as a government as a coorporation) and the administrative officials that apparently hold the American citizens interests as their main objective. But as you read on, you learn that from his opinion, the government is run for the interests of the extremely rich who own large businesses ect. He also educates the reader about war, ...more
I have a serious soft spot for Zinn. I'm not sure if it's simply the fact that in lieu of making you research foot note he simple inserts the entirety of the relevant text or if it's the fact that he has written the only history text books I actually read (sorry Mr. Ryan)

The book walks through a methodical analysis of the War Machine and tears it to pieces from the Machiavellian justifications for war to the failures of the representative government.

It's a good read for a lefty, near communist
Paul Wierzbicki
I enjoyed the book. All of Mr. Zinn's assertions were backed up by reliable references. Well researched and quality presentation.
This book was amazing because he is not afraid to say unpopular things and be extra critical of the way our country is run. What i liked most, besides this being an amazing anti war propaganda book, is that Zinn never fell into the trap of "capitalism is bad so communism is good". He was able to be critical of the problems of both systems and urged readers to be critical as well.
Rayne Walter-young
This was my favorite Zinn to date. "Reader" and "Peaople's History" were amazing but but could be a bit draining as well, not that "passionate Declarations" was a laugh a minute or something, but it was kinda a page turner if your into the liberal's view of war and ethics.
not as thorough as a People's History but much more accessible. I read it in about a quarter of the time. I need to re-read the chapter about just-war because it's the hardest to grasp morally, but overall Zinn makes an astoundingly compelling case against all war, all the time.
Almost Zinn persuades me to be a liberal/Marxist historian! I found myself agreeing with quite a bit of his writings in this collection of essays. And I enjoyed reading even what I disagreed with because it was so interesting. I took my time with this one!

May 31, 2008 Ben rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ben by: Nato
Shelves: non-fiction
Zinn brilliantly dissects the core tenets of the Myth of American power and virtue exposing it for what it is. His arguments are persuasive, rational, and well documented. An important book for all US Americans.
Feb 28, 2011 Jordan is currently reading it
howard zinn continues to be my intellectual hero. motivated to read this now because zinn taught at spelman college, which is right in my neighborhood this year!
Michal Wigal
Maybe Zinn's best. A stinging critique of how the world works along with advice, courage, and hope on how to change it.
I prefer this to People's History, but both are fabulous.
Anu Gandhi
Jul 29, 2007 Anu Gandhi is currently reading it
I've only read the first two chapters but so far so good.
God bless America...
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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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