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The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracyby Howard Zinn
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The Zinn Reader represents Howard Zinn through the depth, and breadth, of his concerns in one volume. Whether his subject is war, race, politics, economic justice, or history itself, each of his works serves as a reminder that embracing one’s subjectivity can mean embracing one’s humanity, that heart and mind can speak with one voice. The result is a monumental book, one that will remain, alongside A People’s History of the United States, Voices of a People’s History of the United States, A Young People’s History of the United States, and La otra historia, as an essential and necessary Zinn text.
No other radical historian has reached so many hearts and minds as Howard Zinn. His A People’s History of the United States has sold over two million copies.
Book News Annotation:
While many Americans are familiar with historian Howard Zinn, particularly those on the political left, most have limited themselves to reading his most famous work A People's History of the United States and perhaps a recent article or two. This volume collects a range of his other materials--essays, articles, pamphlets, reviews, book excerpts, book introductions, and the like--written over the past 35 years. Zinn himself modestly wonders if the collection is "an opportunity, or a punishment," but fans of A People's History will likely view it as an opportunity to revisit Zinn's characteristic themes in new settings. These themes--race, class, war, law, history, and the issue of means versus ends--also serve as the organizing principle of the book. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The updated edition of Howard Zinn's wide-ranging collection of shorter essays.
No other radical historian has reached so many hearts and minds as Howard Zinn. It is rare that a historian of the Left has managed to retain as much credibility while refusing to let his academic mantle change his beautiful writing style from being anything but direct, forthright, and accessible. Whether his subject is war, race, politics, economic justice, or history itself, each of his works serves as a reminder that to embrace one's subjectivity can mean embracing one's humanity, that heart and mind can speak with one voice. Here, in six sections, is the historian's own choice of his shorter essays on some of the most critical problems facing America throughout its history, and today.
About the Author
Howard Zinn is the author of numerous books, including his epic masterpiece, A People's History of the United States, as well as many recent books published by Seven Stories Press: Voices of a People's History of the United States and Terrorism and War, and The Zinn Reader. He is a professor emeritus of political science at Boston University.
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