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Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left

Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left

by Martin Duberman


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Published to great acclaim in hardcover, Martin Duberman's Howard Zinn was described by Michael Kammen in the Los Angeles Review of Books as “biography at its best, written by a master of the craft and a man who has lived the activist life and combined that with serious scholarship and innovative teaching.” For the millions moved by Howard Zinn's personal example of political engagement, here is a brilliant new biography of perhaps the most widely celebrated popular interpreter of American history and one of America's most admired progressive voices.

“Profoundly moving and perfectly timed” (Blanche Wiesen Cook), “compulsively readable and elegant” (ForeWord), “engaging” (History News Network), and “thoughtful” (Reason Online), this fascinating account places Zinn at the heart of the signal events of modern American history—from 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—the author of A People's History of the United States blazed a bold, iconoclastic path through the turbulent second half of the twentieth century. Drawing on the previously closed Zinn archives and illustrated with never-before-published photographs, Howard Zinn brings to life this towering figure—the people's historian who himself made history, changing forever how we think about our past.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595589347
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Martin Duberman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the CUNY Graduate Center, where he founded and for a decade directed the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. The author of more than twenty books—including Andrea Dworkin, Radical Acts, Waiting to Land, A Saving Remnant, The Martin Duberman Reader, Hold Tight Gently, and Paul Robeson: No One Can Silence Me (for young adults)—Duberman has won a Bancroft Prize and been a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

1 The Early Years 1

2 Spelman 29

3 The Black Struggle I 71

4 The Black Struggle II 95

5 The War in Vietnam 129

6 Writing History 155

7 Silber Versus Zinn 181

8 A People's History 215

9 The Eighties 239

10 The Nineties 263

11 Final Years 285

Notes on Sources/Acknowledgments 319

Notes 321

Index 345

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