Synopses & Reviews
As a World War II combat soldier, Howard Zinn took part in the aerial bombing of Royan, France. Two decades later, he was invited to visit Hiroshima and meet survivors of the atomic attack. In this short and powerful book, Zinn offers his deep personal reflections and political analysis of these events, their consequences, and the profound influence they had in transforming him from an order-taking combat soldier to one of our greatest anti-authoritarian, antiwar historians. This book was finalized just prior to Zinn's passing in January 2010, and is published on the sixty-fifth anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.
"This is in all likelihood the final original book by long-time VFP member and WWII vet Zinn. It has a publication date of August 2010 to mark the 65th anniversary of America's two atomic bombings of Japan. The much-loved, greatly admired Zinn died in January, 2010 at 88, just a month after completing this volume." Will Shapira, Veterans for Peace
"Part history, part memoir, part sermon, The Bomb is meant to wake up citizens, to rouse them to reject 'the abstractions of duty and obedience' and to refuse to heed the call of war." Jonah Raskin, The Rag Blog
"The late Howard Zinn’s new book The Bomb is a brilliant little dissection of some of the central myths of our militarized society." David Swanson, LA Progressive
"Zinn’s last book is a modest appeal to humanity: War is miserable, and we have to stop it." Micah Uetricht, In These Times
Micah Uetricht, In These Times
"Throughout his academic career, his popular writings and work as an activist Zinn consistently, and often successfully, threw a wrench in the works of the US war machine. He may be gone, but through his powerful and passionate body of work to today's conflicts." of which The Bomb is an excellent introduction thousands of others will be educated and inspired to work for a more humane and peaceful world." Ian Sinclair, Morning Star
"Zinn, the people’s historian, leaves us with words that bring together thought, action, and passion. His experience during World War II left him unpersuaded by the arguments of military necessity and the appeals to nationalism. We must refuse 'to be transfixed by the actions of other people, the truths of other times,' he writes in The Bomb. This 'means acting on what we feel and think, here, now, for human flesh and sense, against the abstractions of duty and obedience.'"
Marcus Raskin, Foreign Policy in Focus
“A bomb is highly impersonal. The dropper can kill hundreds, and never see any of them. ‘The Bomb’ is the memoir of Howard Zinn, a bomber in World War II who dropped bombs along the French countryside while campaigning against Germany. After learning of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Zinn now speaks out against the use of bombs and what it can do to warfare. Thoughtful and full of stories of an old soldier who regrets what he has done, ‘The Bomb’ is a fine posthumous release that shares much of the lost wisdom of World War II.”
James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review
“The path that Howard Zinn walkedfrom bombardier to activistgives hope that each of us can move from clinical detachment to ardent commitment, from violence to nonviolence.”
Frida Berrigan, WIN Magazine
"It's my favorite. . . . He wrote the book to remind himself and to remind us that anybody can throw the wrench in the machinery, and we often should."Bill Moyer
"Though the great American historian Howard Zinn is no longer with us, his memory lives on with this excellent personal essay on the subject of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. . . . His book is a shining example of the Constitutionally protected ability to question what we have been told, and should be required reading for all patriotic Americans." -- Black Heart Magazine
Howard Zinn's personal, historical, and political views on the significance of the US bombings of Royan and Hiroshima.
About the Author
Howard Zinn served as an air force bombardier in WWII, and afterward received his doctorate in history from Columbia University. He is author of A Power Governments Cannot Suppress, and the million-selling classic, A People's History of the United States.