Howard Zinn is one of the country's most beloved and respected historians, the author of numerous books and plays, and a passionate activist for radical change. Zinn has placed himself at the center of the most important historical moments of the last thirty years, during which
he has been admired as a writer and an important political and moral voice.
At the age of 18, Zinn was a shipyard worker; at 21 an Air Force bombardier. Both experiences helped shape a radical impulse, an opposition to war, and a passion for history. After getting his Ph.D. from Columbia University in history, he taught at Spelman College, where he worked with young Civil Rights activists including Alice Walker and Marian Wright Edelman. Zinn led anti-war protests, went to Vietnam with Daniel Berrigan and testified in his friend, Daniel Ellsberg's Pentagon Papers trial. Zinn's politically engaged life brought him into many arenas - imprisonment for civil disobedience, fights for open debate in universities, and activist work from the Vietnam era to the present.
Zinn is the author of numerous books and plays including the classic, "A People's History of the United States" and the newly-released companion volume "Voices of a People's History". Other Zinn titles include "Terrorism and War", "Declarations of Independence", "Artists in Times of War", "You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times", "The Zinn Reader", "Emma and Marx in Soho". Zinn is also the subject of a new documentary film - "You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train" - that is already garnering critical and public acclaim. His classic, "A People's History of the United States ," has gone into more than 25 printings and is widely used in college and university classrooms. Whether his subject is war, race, politics, economic justice or history itself, Zinn speaks and writes with clarity and humor.
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