Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn

A Life on the Left

eBook - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
A portrait of the life and achievements of the celebrated progressive activist, author and teacher draws on exclusive access to his family archives to commemorate his roles as an anti-war veteran, an iconic contributor to the Civil Rights movement and dedicated white professor at a historically black college. 16,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
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 America’s 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 ?people’s historian”?Howard Zinn blazed a bold, iconoclastic path through the turbulent second half of the twentieth century.

For the millions who were moved by Zinn’s 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 Association’s 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award. Given exclusive access to the previously closed Zinn archives, Duberman’s 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.

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 America’s most recognizable and admired progressive voices.

His rich, complicated, and fascinating life placed Zinn at the heart of the signal events of modern American historyfrom 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 people’s historian”Howard Zinn blazed a bold, iconoclastic path through the turbulent second half of the twentieth century.

For the millions who were moved by Zinn’s personal example of political engagement and by his inspiring bottom up” history, here is an authoritative biography of this towering figureby Martin Duberman, recipient of the American Historical Association’s 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award. Given exclusive access to the previously closed Zinn archives, Duberman’s 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.


Book News
Martin Duberman (distinguished professor emeritus, history, CUNY) has more than twenty books to his credit, is a highly experienced biographer, and has been a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He has written the first major biography of Howard Zinn, one of the most famous 20th century American historians and a core figure in the history of the modern political left. In this detailed account of Zinn's life and work, Duberman finds much to admire, as well as helping the reader understand the complex social and political currents that surrounded him. The book is not a work of hero worship, however. Duberman is too good a historian, and too skillful a writer, for that. He is also the founder of CUNY's Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies, and he takes Zinn to task for deleting both the women's and the GLBT movements from his most influential book, A People's History of the United States. Duberman has the background and experience to understand the important factors in Zinn's life and history: that he was the child of Polish Jews, the connections between poverty and labor politics, the effects of teaching in a southern black college in the 1950s and 60s, and the relationships between radical teaching and conservative academic administration. Equally important, the author was given full access to Zinn's papers, and he knew how to use them. When he found Zinn had screened out much of his personal life, the author also searched the archives of friends and colleagues, conducted interviews, and got Zinn's friends and family to talk honestly with him. Detailed and readable, this book is a major publication in the field of American history. It will be a core book for any scholarly or general reader interested in biography, the American left, or 20th century US history. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A portrait of the life and achievements of the progressive activist, author, and teacher examines his roles as an anti-war veteran, an iconic contributor to the civil rights movement, and dedicated white professor at a historically black college.

Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by Perseus Distribution, c2012
ISBN: 9781595588401
159558840X
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 365 p., [16] p. of plates) : ill

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LaughingOne Apr 09, 2013

Not enough personal information, which the author admitted in the introduction. He said Zinn destroyed all his personal papers at some point in his life. It was the history of his time with a bit of Zinn inserted when he was involved in the history. Truthfully, it got a bit boring.

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