Books by Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn grew up in the immigrant slums of Brooklyn where he worked in shipyards in his late teens. He saw combat duty as an air force bombardier in World War II, and afterward received his doctorate in history from Columbia University and was a postdo

Released: July 1, 2012

"A useful introduction to one of America's great scholar-activists."
A collection of essays by American Left icon Zinn (The Bomb, 2010, etc.) originally published in the political journal The Progressive. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2012

"'We need to expand the prevailing definition of patriotism beyond that narrow nationalism that has caused so much death and suffering,' writes Zinn. For sympathetic readers, this makes an ideal primer for that cause."
Well-chosen anthology of the radical historian's prodigious output. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2008

"An overly episodic but nonetheless powerful teaching tool for the next generation of anti-imperialist activists."
The unknown history and devastating impact of American imperial activities abroad. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2006

"As a set of transcripts, this is quite readable, but those new to Zinn would be better off with A People's History of the United States."
Historian Zinn (History, Emeritus/Boston Univ.) and radio anchor Barsamian have opinionated discussions of America's history, politics and foreign policy in eight interviews from 2002 through 2005. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 3, 2001

"Important material out of the shadows to which so much labor history is exiled."
Top-drawer narrative histories of two important strikes, and a more amorphous consideration of musicians' rights to their work, from three progressive historians. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1999

"While many will be unable to swallow Zinn's enthusiastic Marxism, his humanity, honesty, and compassionate perspectives on our often brutal history and culture, and his dry humor, make these interviews thoughtful and compelling."
Here, in a series of scattershot interviews from 1989 to 1999 with Alternative Radio founder Barsamian, radical "peoples' historian" Zinn (professor emeritus at aBoston Univ.; Marx in Soho, p. 291 ; etc.) does his best to show that the relentless dialectic of history has survived the collapse of the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
Released: March 31, 1999

"An imaginative critique of our society's hypocrisies and injustices, and an entertaining, vivid portrait of Karl Marx as a voice of humanitarian justice—which is perhaps the best way to remember him."
By left-wing historian Zinn (The Zinn Reader, 1997; A Peoples' History of the United States, not reviewed), a whimsical one-man play in which Karl Marx returns from the grave to modern-day Soho—not to the London Soho where he lived, but through some otherworldly bureaucratic error, to the New York neighborhood of the same name. Read full book review >
THE ZINN READER by Howard Zinn
Released: Oct. 31, 1997

"A worthy gathering for Zinn fans and fledgling historians alike."
A welcome collection of essays and occasional pieces by the dean of radical American historians. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 27, 1994

"Zinn's radical activism will not appeal to every reader, but he does argue persuasively — and relevantly, even for those who do not embrace his critique of America and its institutions — that 'small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.'"
The eminent radical historian (Boston Univ.; Declarations of Independence, 1990, etc.) recalls his struggles against American racism and war, and he expresses his hope for the future, in this memoir and manifesto. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 24, 1990

"An unabashedly subjective challenge to American orthodox beliefs, polemical and prickly."
For those who enjoyed Zinn's 1979 American Book Award nominee, A People's History of the United States, here's a rehash of his previous arguments against war, injustice, intolerance, and plutocratic politics. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1979

"Instead of negating the one-sided histories he detests, Zinn has merely reversed the image; the distortion remains."
For Howard Zinn, long-time civil rights and anti-war activist, history and ideology have a lot in common. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 7, 1974

"This is a discomfiting book, making a powerful anecdotal case that justice is a high-minded abstraction with little connection to what most people actually get."
Boston University professor Zinn and his collaborators rake through the workings of justice in this country and turn up a great deal of muck. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1973

"In the end Zinn returns to a form of Consciousness III hope which at this point smells of despair."
Zinn undertakes to expose the destructive side of U.S. history since World War II, after arguing that the war itself was not a Four Freedoms crusade but a venture in power politics that laid the basis for expanded American empire. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1970

"If less psychologically and historiographically sensitive than Duberman's The Uncompleted Past, (1969) and less assured than Chomsky's The New Mandarins, (1969), it's a stimulating contribution by a young professor with considerable drawing power for the same audience."
A collection of historical articles and theoretical essays by the author of SNCC: The New Abolitionists, (1964). Read full book review >
SNCC by Howard Zinn
Released: Sept. 30, 1964

"Here is much, if by no means all, of the inside story, the people actually involved and the nature of the involvement."
This book is not, the author would have us know, a history of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee "in any formal sense. it leaves out too much for that." Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1964

"Thus his optimism is contingent upon our awakening to action and to health."
Books about the Negro Revolt or Our Racial Crisis usually come off the presses opped-up and/or as capitalized as the issue itself. Read full book review >