Howard Zinn
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Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a historian, playwright, and activist. He wrote the classic A People's History of the United States, "a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those ... whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories" (Library Journal). The book, which has sold more than two million copies, has been featured on The Sopranos and Simpsons, and in the film Good Will Hunting. In 2009, History aired The People Speak, an acclaimed documentary co-directed by Zinn, based on A People's History and a companion volume, Voices of a People's History of the United States.

Zinn grew up in Brooklyn in a working-class, immigrant household. At 18 he became a shipyard worker and then flew bomber missions during World War II. These experiences helped shape his opposition to war and passion for history. After attending college under the GI Bill and earning a Ph.D. in history from Columbia, he taught at Spelman, where he became active in the civil rights movement. After being fired by Spelman for his support for student protesters, Zinn became a professor of Political Science at Boston University, were he taught until his retirement in 1988.

Zinn was the author of many books, including an autobiography, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train, the play Marx in Soho, and Passionate Declarations. He received the Lannan Foundation Literary Award for Nonfiction and the Eugene V. Debs award for his writing and political activism.

Photographer Photo Credit Name: Robert Birnbaum.

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    • A People's History of the United States

    • 1492 to Present
    • By: Howard Zinn
    • Narrated by: Jeff Zinn
    • Length: 34 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A People's History of the United States is an important and necessary contribution to a complete and balanced understanding of American history.....

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    • By Thomas on 11-09-10

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    • A Young People's History of the United States

    • By: Rebecca Stefoff, Howard Zinn
    • Narrated by: Jeff Zinn
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    This audiobook brings to US history the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans, and others whose stories, and their impact, are rarely included in stories for young people....

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    • An Inclusive History for Young People

    • By Susie on 03-17-14

    Regular price: $17.95

    • Voices of a People's History of the United States, 10th Anniversary Edition

    • By: Howard Zinn, Anthony Arnove
    • Narrated by: Robert Fass, Prentice Onayemi, Allyson Johnson, and others
    • Length: 31 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Selected testimonies to living history-speeches, letters, poems, songs-offered by the people who make history happen, but are often left out of history books: women, workers, nonwhites. Featuring introductions to the original texts by Howard Zinn....

    Regular price: $38.47

    • You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train

    • A Personal History of Our Times
    • By: Howard Zinn
    • Narrated by: David Strathairn
    • Length: 8 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States, tells his personal stories about more than 30 years of fighting for social change....

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    • What a remarkable life

    • By lattetown on 09-29-18

    Regular price: $26.59

    • Marx in Soho

    • A Play on History
    • By: Howard Zinn
    • Narrated by: Brian Jones
    • Length: 1 hr and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    “Don’t you wonder: why is it necessary to declare me dead again and again?” This is the question posed by Karl Marx in Howard Zinn’s witty and insightful “play on history"....

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    • Wonderful Play

    • By Danilo on 08-24-10

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