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29 Sep 2011
A second edition of Zinn's landmark writings on history brings together 27 short writings on activism, electoral politics, the Holocaust, Marxism, the Iraq War and the role of the historian, as well as portraits of Eugene Debs, John Reed and Jack London, showing how Zinn's approach to history evolved over nearly half a century, and at the same time sharing his fundamental thinking that social movements-people getting together for peace and social justice-can change the course of history. Zinn selected these writings for their enduring cultural value.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: SEVEN STORIES PRESS; 2 edition (29 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609801326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609801328
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful collection 26 Jan 2003
This collection of Howard Zinn's writings on the issue of history, its uses and its perceptions will be welcome reading for those who have sampled his simple yet fascinating writing style in his "A People's History of the United States". Zinn writes in a remarkably accessible manner; he is lucid throughout, and yet he manages to radically re-write conventional history. From the perceptions of Columbus as a hero of history, to the exploitation of the Holocaust, Zinn is like an outsider looking in on a deeply flawed institutional framework of academic history. He corrects distorted notions and misimpressions, remarkably simply, yet totally authoratitively. This book gives a wonderful sample of Zinn's essays and extracts from the 1960s to the present. Owners of "The Zinn Reader", or other collections of his work should, however be aware that much of this collection is reprinted from elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Alternative Perspective of History 10 Sep 2005
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Howard Zinn's approach to history comes directly from his own life experience. He saw the baby boom part of the twentieth century history evolve before his eyes with major events, such as the Civil Rights Movement and the further activism that occurred thereafter, and the effects of the war on Vietnam with archival work, to name a few. HOWARD ZINN ON HISTORY is a collection of essays and articles previously published in notable journals and magazines, such as the Midwestern Archivist and Saturday Review. Zinn examines topics that have affected him academically as well as personally, and appear somewhat out dated but timeless at the same time because of how much has progressed from the time he originally wrote the pieces.

The book may serve as a teaching tool for a political or American history classes because of its small format. It is the type of book that will raise questions for the casual history reader as well as the any history major. However, there are serious political overtones that resonate with the majority of the essays that may suggest Zinn's revisionist perspective on history, but he exposes the study of history and the sum of its parts. Zinn states: "The scholar may swear to his neutrality on the job, but whether he be physicist, historian, or archivist, his work will tend, in this theory, to maintain the existing social order by perpetuating its values, by legitimizing its priorities, by justifying its wars, perpetuating its prejudices, contributing to its xenophobia, and apologizing for its class order" (p. 167).

Zinn opens the door to history as well as an inquiry into how it is shaped and formed. He probes important topics that have often been overlooked, which raises important questions, what can be considered history, and how long does it take to be history?
5.0 out of 5 stars Howard Zinn on History. 24 Feb 2013
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This is an essential book if a person wants to get an appreciation of what has taken place in the USA. It is highly informative . . . and disturbing, but vitally important to read. Howard Zinn writes with passion in his soul.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Does he even have an editor? 5 Feb 2009
By Margarita Bishop - Published on
I have no background in history and do not pretend to know what I'm talking about in that regard. However, when it comes to grammar, I know what I'm doing - and Howard Zinn, apparently, does not. The chapter of this book that I was given (Chapter 8: On Presidential Liars) was the most horrendously written piece of work I've ever read. Please make note of the fact that I read high school essays frequently; I thought I'd seen it all. Apparently, I was mistaken. According to Mr. Zinn, the American people have been "deceived about" much more than we thought, and should all "deep anguish" over it.
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