Books: Non-Fiction

The Indispensable Zinn: The Essential Writings of the “People’s Historian”

Book — Non-fiction. Edited by Timothy Patrick McCarthy. 2012. 496 pages.
A concise and accessible volume of the seminal writings of Howard Zinn including articles and excerpts from A People's History of the United States and You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements

For those of us who can never get enough Howard Zinn, here is a new collection of his writing. In his foreword, Noam Chomsky sums up Zinn’s life:  “Whenever there was a struggle for peace and justice, Howard was there, on the front lines, unflagging in his enthusiasm; inspiring in his integrity, engagement, eloquence, and insight; his light touch of humor in the face of adversity; his dedication to nonviolence; and his sheer decency.”

Zinn brought these qualities to his writing — whether describing the events leading up to the Ludlow Massacre, the “new abolitionists” of the Civil Rights Movement, or in his wide-ranging interviews about history and politics with David Barsamian, also included in this volume. Some of these selections can be used with high school students; all of them will help educators clarify what’s worth teaching and why.

ISBN: 9781595586223 | The New Press


One comment on “The Indispensable Zinn: The Essential Writings of the “People’s Historian”

  1. jpenland on

    Can’t wait to purchase this book! As always, Zinn was and still is so indispensable…I relish my upcoming move in May to the DC area so that I am able to attend the social gatherings and participate more fully…

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