FAILURE TO QUIT
Reflections of an Optimistic Historian
Haymarket Books (September 2012)
Paper • ISBN-13: 9781608463039 • US $15.00 • 192 pgs.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
In this lively and accessible collection of essays, Zinn discusses a wide range of historical and political topics, from the role of the Supreme Court in U.S. history to the nature of higher education today. With equal parts humor and force, Zinn argues that propaganda can be exposed and authority challenged, and that the struggle for justice can lead to important breakthroughs in the fight to create a better society.
PRAISE FOR HOWARD ZINN:
“Howard Zinn’s work literally changed the conscience of a generation.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 2.6 million copies and been translated into 23 foreign editions, has become a cultural touchstone, encouraging interest in “people’s histories” in universities and activist meetings alike. 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. As Noam Chomsky wrote, “Howard Zinn’s work literally changed the conscience of a generation.”
Zinn grew up in a working-class, immigrant household in Brooklyn. At eighteen, he became a shipyard worker and flew bomber missions over Europe during World War II, experiences which helped to shape his opposition to war and his interest in the lives of working people. After attending college under the GI Bill and earning a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University, he taught at Spelman College, a historically black women’s college, 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, where he taught until his retirement in 1988. He wrote more than forty books.
OTHER TITLES BY THIS AUTHOR
A People’s History of the United States: 1492–Present
A People’s History of the United States: Abridged Teaching Edition (with Kathy Emery and Ellen Reeves)
A People’s History of the United States: The Wall Charts (with George Kirschner)
A Power Governments Cannot Suppress
Disobedience and Democracy: Nine Fallacies of Law and Order
Howard Zinn On Democratic Education (with Donaldo Macedo)
Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches, 1963–2009 (ed. Anthony Arnove)
Indispensable Zinn: The Essential Writings of the “People’s Historian” (ed. Timothy Patrick McCarthy)
Justice in Everyday Life: The Way It Really Works
Marx in Soho: A Play on History
Original Zinn: Conversations on History and Politics (with David Barsamian)
Passionate Declarations: Essays on War and Justice
The Historic Unfulfilled Promise
The People Speak: American Voices, Some Famous, Some Little Known
The Twentieth Century: A People’s History
Three Plays – The Political Theater of Howard Zinn: Emma / Marx in Soho / The Daughter of Venus
Three Strikes: Miners, Musicians, Salesgirls, and the Fighting Spirit of Labor’s Last Century (with Dana Frank and Robin D. G. Kelley)
Uncommon Sense: From the writings of Howard Zinn (eds. Dean Birkenkamp and Wanda Rhudy)
Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal
You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times
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