A "well-chosen anthology of the radical historian's prodigious output," from A People's History of the United States and lesser known sources (Kirkus Reviews).
When Howard Zinn died in early 2010, millions of Americans mourned the loss of one of the nation's foremost intellectual and political guides; a historian, activist, and truth-teller who, in the words of the New York Times
's Bob Herbert, "peel[ed] back the rosy veneer of much of American history to reveal sordid realities that had remained hidden for too long."
A collection designed to highlight Zinn's essential writings, The Indispensable Zinn
includes excerpts from Zinn's bestselling A People's History of the United States
; his memoir, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train
; his inspiring writings on the civil rights movement, and the full text of his celebrated play, Marx in Soho
. Noted historian and activist Timothy Patrick McCarthy provides essential historical and biographical context for each selection.
With a foreword by Noam Chomsky and an afterword from Zinn's former Spellman College student and longtime friend, Alice Walker, The Indispensable Zinn
is both a fitting tribute to the legacy of a man whose "work changed the way millions of people saw the past," and a powerful and accessible introduction for anyone coming to Zinn's essential body of work for the first time (Noam Chomsky).
About the Author
Timothy Patrick McCarthy is Lecturer on History and Literature and on Public Policy at Harvard University, where he directs the Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. An award-winning scholar, teacher, and activist, he is editor of The Indispensable Zinn and co-editor of The Radical Reader, Protest Nation, and Prophets of Protest, all published by The New Press. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Howard Zinn, the famed people's historian and peace activist, was born in 1922 and died in 2010.