The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy

The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy By Howard Zinn, The Zinn Reader Writings on Disobedience and Democracy No other radical historian has reached so many hearts and minds as Howard Zinn His A People s History of the United States has gone into than printings and sold over copies It is rare that
  • Title: The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy
  • Author: Howard Zinn
  • ISBN: 9781888363548
  • Page: 407
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  • The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy By Howard Zinn, No other radical historian has reached so many hearts and minds as Howard Zinn His A People s History of the United States has gone into than 25 printings and sold over 400,000 copies 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 dNo other radical historian has reached so many hearts and minds as Howard Zinn His A People s History of the United States has gone into than 25 printings and sold over 400,000 copies 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 The Zinn Reader represents the first time Zinn has attempted to present the depth, and breadth, of his concerns in one volume The result is a big book, and a monumental book, one that will remain, alongside A People s History of the United States, as an essential and necessary Zinn text.
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    1. Howard Zinn

      Howard Zinn was a historian, playwright, and social activist He was a shipyard worker and a bombardier with the U.S Army Air Force in Europe during the Second World War before he went to college under the GI Bill and received his Ph.D from Columbia University Zinn taught at Spelman College and Boston University, and was a visiting professor at the University of Paris and the University of Bologna He received the Thomas Merton Award, the Eugene V Debs Award, the Upton Sinclair Award, and the Lannan Literary Award He lived in Auburndale, Massachusetts.

    877 thoughts on “The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy”

    1. Once you have read A People s History and are interested in of Zinn s views on the world and politics, this collection of essays from The Nation and The Progressive is a wonderful way of enjoying his wit and intelligence.


    2. Wake up and smell the truth A People s History of the United States forever changed the way I viewed the world and the system I grew up in Continuing that tradition, The Zinn Reader , wakes up a desire in one s soul to rise up and do something about the injustices and hypocrisies that have dominated our past and continued to swallow our present Professor Zinn write clearly, honestly, and furiously about topics ranging from the distribution of wealth to the ideal uses of scholarship and intellect [...]


    3. The essay that stands out the most to me is the one on how there can be NO just wars His argument is pretty great take a war that was widely held to be just WWII and show the many ways in which it might not be It follows, therefore, that if our best candidate for a just war comes up short, it is likely that others will not be just, either Smart and ballsy.


    4. Come on round kiddies, let everyone s favorite radical grandpa tell you a story about how things really weret the way you were taught in school I adore Howard Zinn He can relate incredibly complex subjects down to easily digestible stories so that even dipshits like me can comprehend what s going on.


    5. When I was in college, an acquaintance told me that Howard Zinn had a profound impact on him I, with a minor interest in American history, made a mental note to check him out.This man is extreme than I had imagined He is a self described radical, he sympathizes with anarchists, abominates the notion of a good war, and thinks capitalism and the prevailing social structure desperately need to be radically altered From what I understand he thinks wealth is disproportionately distributed because of [...]


    6. I miss Howard Zinn so much I wish he was around to write about history as it s unfolding right now Readable, unapologetically subjective, and prosaic, Zinn reminds us that history is alive and tangible.This book is a great survey of the breadth of Zinn s own history as historian journalist From his childhood to his service to his early years of political activism, Zinn takes us on his journey, but focuses on the world around him as he journeys through it.This is definitely going on the reading l [...]


    7. Collection of essays and excerpts Overall, it s pretty interesting, but the level of intellectual rigor is not exactly consistent His argument against war, for example, is pretty thin and has never sat with me right Whenever I think of it, all I see is Mr Mackey saying, War is bad because it s bad, m kay That s essentially the level of argument we re dealing with here.


    8. I can understand pessimism, but I don t believe in it It s not simply a matter of faith, but of historical evidence Not overwhelming evidence, just enough to give hope, because for hope we don t need certainty, only posssibility.




    9. was pretty much giving this away a while back, but it would be a pretty good deal even at full price.700 some odd pages long, this is an anthology of magazine articles, essays, chapters from various books, introductions he wrote to other people s books and what have you It would make a great compliment to A People s History of the United States, which is required reading for my brothers in the Blame America First community, and truth be told, it s a entertaining read.You get to learn way about [...]


    10. It s hard to succinctly explain my feelings about all 700 odd pages of this collection I came out of it with a great admiration for Howard Zinn as a man of principle who isn t afraid to act He also isn t afraid to challenge ideals of patriotism or justice or law and order Most of all, I enjoyed the first section on race, his observations from Spelman and from various Southern protest movements I was most surprised by his overwhelming optimism The world is unjust and violent and unequal, but Zinn [...]


    11. This book is essential if you want to be introduced to Zinn Well, hell It s just damn essential, even if you don t You should Read it is what I m saying.If there is a better way to trace the common values that inspire civil rights efforts, labor rights efforts and pacifist efforts I have yet to find it Zinn, over the course of 40 years and prolific essays, links the struggle for human dignity across decades and accurately lays accountability at the feet of the inhabitors of the structures of con [...]


    12. I would suggest anyone wanting to get into the mind of Zinn to read A People s History of the United States and You Can t Be Neutral on a Moving Train first and then the Zinn Reader as a good review of his writings over the years This is broken into sections on Race, Class, War, and History that cover much of the same writings that were included in his other collections A great existential look at the wild ride of the last 40 years of US history through the eyes of someone with a front row seat [...]


    13. I expected of a how to than a regurgitation of Zinn s other works The same works are anthologized over and over and sold under separate titles, this is to be expected However Zinn seems to plagerize his own essays at times, using the same situation as a response to several provacative subjects Sometimes it seems he uses the least appropriate stories If this is the first and ONLY Zinn reader you read, then it will blow your face off If not, you will fall asleep and probably not finish it.


    14. In school I learned U.S History When I read Howard Zinn I learn the history of the United States Like his Peoples History of America the Zinn Reader was excellent It is a compilation of 61 essays, articles, writings divided into six themes Race, Class, War, Law, History, Means Ends I would give a 5 to about 1 3 of the book and a 4 to the other 2 3 Overall a 4.5 Recommend to all interested in learning about us.


    15. J ai entam ce livre il y a quelques mois d j , et je le reprends de temps en temps pour lire un ou deux articles, selon mon int r t du moment Son format permet ce genre de lecture tal e, et de le red couvrir est chaque fois un plaisir Zinn y est tr s g n reux de ses exp riences de vie, de ses observations, de ses r flexions.


    16. The book is broken down by sections like History, Race, Class, etc The collected writings are mostly short and very accessible This is an awesome intro to some of the radical themes present in American history Zinn is not the MOST RADICAL writer, but he s a very fair writer, as well as passionate.


    17. I read this back in the day when I was fist starting out in college, and I recently read it a second time over the summer It didn t disappoint If you want to learn about the horrors of actual history that your social studies teachers glossed over in the name of glorifying the infamous, this is for you.


    18. This is a great anthology of Zinn essays from the 1960s to present day They can get a bit repetitive if you read the whole thing through but still interesting and informative I like how Zinn gives a little intro to each essay to help put them in context.


    19. One of the very first books I read on civil disobedience His assertion that you can t be neutral on a moving train quieted the doubtful voices in my head that said, just keep quiet Zinn is amazing.


    20. This is one of the best collections of Zinn s writings that he published in his lifetime and I highly recommend it There are now compilations coming out of material, but this is the best place to start.


    21. The only reason this doesn t get 5 stars is the lack of scholarly articles Other than that, an excellent collection of essays.




    22. Essential reading for anyone on the Left or with an interest in history I would highly recommend this to highschool students who want to go beyond the textbook drivel they are given





    23. so excited about this i m integrating zinn into this semester s composition II class, a unit in civil disobedience looks like a good collection.


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