Howard Zinn Speaks

Howard Zinn Speaks

Collected Speeches, 1963-2009

Book - 2012
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"Howard Zinn?there was no one like him. And to hear him speak was like listening to music that you loved?lyrical, uplifting, honest."?Michael Moore

"Zinn's speeches . . . are a joy and an inspiration."?Marisa Tomei

"Collected here for the first time, Howard's speeches come to us at the moment when we need them most: just as a global network of popular uprisings searches for what comes next."?Naomi Klein

Howard Zinn was one of the great orators of the twentieth century and illuminated our history like no other historian. He rarely spoke from notes, and yet could weave rich historical narratives that inspired and captivated audiences. He could grab the attention of even the most jaded students and charm listeners with his sharp humor and personal, engaging style. Many of his speeches have never been published in book form.

This first ever collection of his speeches will be an invaluable resource for new generations to continue to discover his work, as well as the millions he moved and informed in his lifetime.

Howard Zinn wrote the classic A People's History of the United States. The book, which has sold more than two million copies, has been featured in the film Good Will Hunting, and has appeared multiple times on The New York Times best-seller list.

Anthony Arnove wrote, directed, and produced The People Speak with Howard Zinn, Chris Moore, Josh Brolin, and Matt Damon, and co-edited, with Howard Zinn, Voices of a People's History of the United States.

Howard Zinn weaves rich historical narratives that inspire and captivate.

Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Haymarket Books, 2012
Description: xiii, 311 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781608462230
Branch Call Number: 306.0971 Zin
Additional Contributors: Arnove, Anthony, 1969-


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Oct 13, 2013

"What could be more just than a war on terrorism? The horrors of 9/11 created an atmosphere of fear ... This was magnified by the government and the media into a kind of hysteria which prevented people from realizing that a war on terrorism contains an internal contradiction because war itself is terrorism. Indeed, war is the extreme form of terrorism. No group of terrorists anywhere in the world can match the capacity for mass murder possessed by nations." (p. 200)

Oct 12, 2013

"One of the consequences of American exceptionalism is that the US government considers itself exempt from legal and moral standards accepted by other nations ... There is a long list of such self-exceptions: the refusal to sign the Kyoto Treaty ..., the refusal to strengthen the convention on biological weapons. The United States has failed to join the hundred-plus nations that have agreed to ban land mines ... It refuses to ban the use of napalm and cluster bombs. It insists that it must not be subject, as are other countries, to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court." (p. 182-3)


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Oct 13, 2013

This book is a compilation of 20 speeches made by the late American historian, teacher and activist Howard Zinn. Half the transcripts follow the destruction of the World Trade Center so they are still relevant and fresh. As Zinn repeats himself a way to read these speeches is to select themes from the Table of Contents. The book concludes with an index; and a bibliography of Zinn's writing. This compilation would have benefited from more extensive editing.

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