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You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times [Paperback]

Howard Zinn
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22 Oct 2002
Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States, tells his personal stories about more than thirty years of fighting for social change, from teaching at Spelman College to recent protests against war.

A former bombardier in WWII, Zinn emerged in the civil rights movement as a powerful voice for justice. Although he's a fierce critic, he gives us reason to hope that by learning from history and engaging politically, we can make a difference in the world.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (22 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807071277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807071274
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I read this book to follow up a reference and expected to do just that but ended up reading it from cover to cover.

Howard Zinn has lived through interesting times and his coverage of the US college campus student demonstrations against injustice makes gripping reading and the response by the college authorities is deeply disturbing. Well worth reading and will inevitably give you food for thought for some considerable time.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One the best books i ever read! 11 Feb 2004
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What can i say about the gift of that H. Zinn does when he shares his life story with us readers? It is important to have an opinion and share it with other. Thats the message within this book. At the same time it an adventure travelling through time. I read this book in only 3 days.
I only hope that more people reads his books!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring read! 10 Jan 2004
Format:Paperback
As any reader of his famous A People's History of the United States: 1492-present knows, Howard Zinn never ceases to challenge the dominant orthodoxies of history. In this book, Zinn demonstrates how he embodied this effort in his own life, from his time as a teacher at a black women's college in Georgia and his involvement in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, though his protests against the Vietnam War to his years opposing John Sibler at Boston University

The result is an inspiring read, though one marred by the odd organization of the book. By choosing to focus on the campaigns he waged against the problems he encountered, Zinn provides less a traditional autobiography than an account of his public career. As a result, the reader is left to piece together the narrative of Zinn's life, which can be frustrating when seeking to understand how he became such a fervent activist to begin with. This is the only complaint with what is otherwise a passionate account of how one person can make a difference in the times in which he lives.
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For anyone who grew up in the 20th century, this book is a
must read. This autobiography chronicles the life and times
of Howard Zinn, America's foremost social historian. From
his days growing up poor in New York to his service is the
Second World War to his work with the SNCC in the Civil
Rights movement, Zinn tells the story in a personal fashion
with poignant detail and antecdotes and tales that will
make you laugh and make you cry. This is one of the best
autobiographies of the 1990's, and is a must read for all
fans of history, Howard Zinn, and the human bonds that bring
us all together.
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