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"Howard Zinn (1922 — 2010) was a radical activist, author of the landmark 1980 bestseller A People's History of the United States, a bottoms-up chronicle of American injustice, racism, and hypocrisy. Admiring but occasionally critical of Zinn, Duberman (A Saving Remnant), CUNY emeritus professor of history, emphasizes that Zinn's book made no claim to objectivity and 'marked a profound shift away from the tone of triumphalism' that characterized earlier histories. Raised in poverty, Zinn served in WWII, earned a Ph.D. at Columbia, and taught at Spelman, a historically black women's college in Atlanta, from 1956 to 1963, encouraging nascent civil right protests until he was fired for these activities. He moved to Boston University, writing and campaigning until his death. A purely American radical, Zinn had no sympathy with communism or revolution, but often appears cynical, as when he views the Bill of Rights or universal suffrage as mere concessions by the elite to pacify the masses. Duberman's sympathetic account may lead readers to sympathize with Zinn's stance that disparaging American freedom for not being expansive enough is preferable to glorifying it uncritically. 24 b&w illus." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Howard Zinn was perhaps the best-known and most widely celebrated popular interpreter of American history in the twentieth century, renowned as a bestselling author, a political activist, a lecturer, and one of Americas most recognizable and admired progressive voices.

His rich, complicated, and fascinating life placed Zinn at the heart of the signal events of modern American history—from the battlefields of World War II to the McCarthy era, the civil rights and the antiwar movements, and beyond. A bombardier who later renounced war, a son of working-class parents who earned a doctorate at Columbia, a white professor who taught at the historically black Spelman College in Atlanta, a committed scholar who will be forever remembered as a devoted “peoples historian”—Howard Zinn blazed a bold, iconoclastic path through the turbulent second half of the twentieth century.

For the millions who were moved by Zinns personal example of political engagement and by his inspiring “bottom up” history, here is an authoritative biography of this towering figure—by Martin Duberman, recipient of the American Historical Associations 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award. Given exclusive access to the previously closed Zinn archives, Dubermans impeccably researched biography is illustrated with never-before-published photos from the Zinn family collection. Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left is a major publishing event that brings to life one of the most inspiring figures of our time.

About the Author

Martin Duberman is Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at Lehman College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He was the founder and for ten years the first director of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the CUNY Graduate School. He has authored over twenty books, including James Russell Lowell, finalist for the National Book Award; Stonewall; the memoir Cures: A Gay Mans Odyssey; The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein, runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in biography; the political memoir Waiting to Land; and, most recently, the acclaimed dual biography A Saving Remnant: The Radical Lives of Barbara Deming and David McReynolds. Duberman himself has received numerous awards, including the Bancroft Prize, the Lambda Book Award, the George Freedley Memorial Award, and, in 2008, the American Historical Associations Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Scholarship.

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9781595586780
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Duberman, Martin
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New Press
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Educators
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Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Howard Zinn (1922 — 2010) was a radical activist, author of the landmark 1980 bestseller A People's History of the United States, a bottoms-up chronicle of American injustice, racism, and hypocrisy. Admiring but occasionally critical of Zinn, Duberman (A Saving Remnant), CUNY emeritus professor of history, emphasizes that Zinn's book made no claim to objectivity and 'marked a profound shift away from the tone of triumphalism' that characterized earlier histories. Raised in poverty, Zinn served in WWII, earned a Ph.D. at Columbia, and taught at Spelman, a historically black women's college in Atlanta, from 1956 to 1963, encouraging nascent civil right protests until he was fired for these activities. He moved to Boston University, writing and campaigning until his death. A purely American radical, Zinn had no sympathy with communism or revolution, but often appears cynical, as when he views the Bill of Rights or universal suffrage as mere concessions by the elite to pacify the masses. Duberman's sympathetic account may lead readers to sympathize with Zinn's stance that disparaging American freedom for not being expansive enough is preferable to glorifying it uncritically. 24 b&w illus." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Howard Zinn was perhaps the best-known and most widely celebrated popular interpreter of American history in the twentieth century, renowned as a bestselling author, a political activist, a lecturer, and one of Americas most recognizable and admired progressive voices.

His rich, complicated, and fascinating life placed Zinn at the heart of the signal events of modern American history—from the battlefields of World War II to the McCarthy era, the civil rights and the antiwar movements, and beyond. A bombardier who later renounced war, a son of working-class parents who earned a doctorate at Columbia, a white professor who taught at the historically black Spelman College in Atlanta, a committed scholar who will be forever remembered as a devoted “peoples historian”—Howard Zinn blazed a bold, iconoclastic path through the turbulent second half of the twentieth century.

For the millions who were moved by Zinns personal example of political engagement and by his inspiring “bottom up” history, here is an authoritative biography of this towering figure—by Martin Duberman, recipient of the American Historical Associations 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award. Given exclusive access to the previously closed Zinn archives, Dubermans impeccably researched biography is illustrated with never-before-published photos from the Zinn family collection. Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left is a major publishing event that brings to life one of the most inspiring figures of our time.

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