Howard Zinn by Martin Duberman
A Life on the Left

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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.
 

About Martin Duberman

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Martin Duberman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the CUNY Graduate School, where he founded and for a decade directed the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies. The author of more than twenty books, 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.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by New Press, The. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Howard Zinn (1992–2010) is best known as the author of the controversial A People’s History of the United States (1979), written to counteract a perceived bias toward the wealthy and privileged in standard history textbooks by highlighting the contributions of those conventionally omitted.

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Howard Zinn (1922–2010) was a radical activist, author of the landmark 1980 bestseller A People’s History of the United States, a bottoms-up chronicle of American injustice, racism, and hypocrisy.

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The Washington Post

History textbooks largely glorified the United States and its political leaders until revisionists such as Zinn and a few others came along to challenge that one-dimensional view.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

As Martin Duberman writes in Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left, Zinn later joked that Damon “was paying me back for all the cookies we gave him when he was a kid.” But the Zinn residence at times also served a far more controversial role than cookie dispenser.

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Los Angeles Review of Books

Silber never tried to fire Zinn but repeatedly froze his salary in an effort to drive him away, especially after 1973 when Zinn also began writing radical columns on a regular basis for the Boston Globe.

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it taught Howard that people rarely got what they deserved.” Drawing on his exclusive access to the previously closed Zinn archives, Duberman warmly chronicles Zinn’s life and work, from his childhood growing up as a voracious reader whose parents recognized his intellectual gift early and enco...

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