Howard Zinn Speaks

Howard Zinn Speaks

Collected Speeches, 1963-2009

Book - 2012
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Howard Zinn has illuminated our history like no other US historian. This collection of his speeches on protest movements, racism, war, and US history, many never before published, covers more than four decades of his active engagement with the audiences he inspired with his humor, insight, and clarity.

?Reading Howard’s spoken words, I feel that I am almost hearing his voice again?his stunning pitch-perfect ability to capture the moment and the concerns and needs of the audience, whoever they may be, always enlightening, often stirring, an amalgam of insight, critical history, wit, blended with charm and appeal.”

?With ferocious moral clarity and mischievous humor, Howard turned routine antiwar rallies into profound explorations of state violence and staid academic conferences into revival meetings for social change. Collected here for the first time, Howard’s speeches?spanning an extraordinary life of passion and principle?come to us at the moment when we need them most: just as a global network of popular uprisings searches for what comes next. We could ask for no wiser a guide than Howard Zinn.”

?To hear [Howard] speak was like listening to music that you loved?lyrical, uplifting, honest. . . . I know he would love it for each of you to find your voice and to be heard. This book will provide you with some inspiration.”

?To read this book is to hear Howard Zinn speak again, inspiring us for the struggles from below that are our only hope for any future at all.”

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.

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Arnove presents a collection of over 45 years of speeches by the late radical historian, Howard Zinn. Arnove knows Zinn through activism, but also from helping to put Zinn's People's History of the United States into a documentary form. These speeches, minimally edited, touch on key concerns and passions of Zinn's life, including oratory. They are conversational, but rigorous. They touch on everything from the southern influence on national politics, his famous People's History of the United States, civil disobedience in the 21st Century, Emma Goldman and anarchist war-resistance, the legacy of Columbus, a speech against the Vietnam War given at the Boston Common, and more. Arnove includes a bibliography of Zinn in the back for further study. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Haymarket Books, 2012
Description: xiii, 311 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781608462599
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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