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Howard Zinn , Anthony Arnove
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March 5, 2002 1865089729 978-1583224939 1st
Truth—as Zinn shows us in the interviews that make up Terrorism and War—has indeed been the first casualty of war, starting from the beginnings of American empire in the Spanish-American War. But war has many other casualties, he argues, including civil liberties on the home front and human rights abroad. In Terrorism and War, Zinn explores the growth of the American empire, as well as the long tradition of resistance in this country to U.S. militarism, from Eugene Debs and the Socialist Party during World War One to the opponents of U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan today.

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About the Author

The visionary historical work of professor and activist HOWARD ZINN (1922–2010) is widely considered one of the most important and influential of our era. After his experience as a bombardier in World War II, Zinn became convinced that there could no longer be such a thing as a “just war,” because the vast majority of victims in modern warfare are, increasingly, innocent civilians. In his books, including A People’s History of the United States, its companion volume Voices of a People’s History of the United States, and countless other titles, Zinn affirms the power of the people to influence the course of events.

Product Details

  • Series: Open Media Series
  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press; 1st edition (March 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1865089729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583224939
  • ASIN: 1583224939
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insight into Current Events August 19, 2002
"Terrorism and War" is based on a series of interviews given by Howard Zinn in late 2001 and early 2002, regarding current events such as the bombing of Afghanistan, the "war on terrorism" in general, and the terrorist attacks of September 11th. As should come as no surprise to readers familiar with Dr. Zinn's writing and opinions, he denounces all three events, arguing that while the events of September 11th were horrible atrocities, killing people around the world in a potentially endless war (whose targets currently include residents of Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and many other countries) is no solution - and quite possibly could simply exacerbate the problem. Altogether convinced that "we must do something" to respond to 9/11, he is just as certain that we must not respond with bombs and war.
What I appreciated more than the arguments made for this case (which can be found in the literature of any self-respecting progressive or anti-war organization) are the chances that the questioner gives Dr. Zinn to explain his personal views on various aspects of war, pacifism, patriotism, civil liberties and politics, both in the present day and throughout history. As a veteran of the "Good War" who has come to believe that there is no such thing as a 'good war,' Zinn explains the reasoning that lead him to this conclusion, demonstrating warfare's inability to improve the world and discussing viable alternatives to mass killing.
In this well-organized publication, Zinn is also able to fire back at attackers who have accused him (and others) of "blaming America first" (a reference to the 1940s pseudofascist pro-Nazi organization 'America First').
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zinn waxes poetic about our freedom to dissent April 2, 2002
A few months ago I read Howard Zinn's pre-september 11th book "Zinn on War." I found it extremely touching and thought provoking. Zinn once again captures that feeling with the newest book from the Open Media publishing movement.
"Terrorism and War" is a collection of interviews (both Zinn and Chomsky are at their best when speaking, as their writing is too scholarly.) Throughout, Zinn speaks about our need and Constitutionally protected right to dissent, or more specifically, our right to oppose war.
Packed with news accounts and historical facts (10% of the book is notes and index), Zinn systematically proves that the war on terrorism, as currently being waged, is not a just response and will only make things worse in the future. He is not opposed to a response, even a violent one, but he feels that the bombing of Afghanistan and the targeting of Iraq are unjust and incredibly harmful to us.
Read this book, then debate the war with someone you know who either supports it or is unsure. There is a very large group of people who, if given a dose of truth, will start seeing both sides of the story. Save yourself the time and ignore the ones who actively support the war, they will just call you un-American and nothing you say will change their closed hawkish minds.
Highly recommended - Discuss this book!!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrorism and War: A breath of fresh air April 23, 2002
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In this collection of interviews, Zinn does what he does best: telling it like it is in thirty words or less. Framed by the incisive questions of interviewer and editor Anthony Arnove, Zinn's commentary ranges from the so-called "war on terrorism" to the recession to the assault on civil liberties, providing a compact yet comprehensive overview of the current political moment.
Zinn puts the tragic events of September 11th in perspective by sewing a "Made in U.S.A." label on terrorism: "In its foreign policy, the United States has consigned several million people to their deaths and supported terrorist governments in various parts of the world ...You might say that there is a reservoir of possible terrorists among all those people in the world who have suffered as a result of U.S. foreign policy."
He goes on to expose the hypocrisy of the "war on terrorism," noting that, "There is a precise division between who we bomb and who we do not bomb. The division has nothing to do with which countries are harboring terrorists. The division has only to do with which countries we don't control yet. The countries that we control, like Turkey and Saudi Arabia, can harbor as many terrorists as they want. We will look elsewhere."
While Zinn's treatment of the Bush administration is never less than scathing, he sees no alternative in the Democratic party, "which has played such a pitifully obsequious role in this whole affair."
Instead, Terrorism and War is remarkable for its faith in the power of ordinary people.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly relevant to current times ! January 16, 2003
Howard Zinn puts forth two most important points in this book. Firstly, governments lie. Secondly, war is another form of terrorism. In these days of mass hysteria about terrorism and cries for war, these points should be drilled in the minds of people who blindly believe in what the government is telling them to achieve their war objectives for financial gains. He puts to rest the argument that "We are a peaceful nation" as stated by George W. Bush, by bringing forth various example showing that our government has been the aggressor in several conflicts in this century. History should not be forgotten as we are once again repeating the terrible mistakes we have made in the past.
He questions the need for the US to become a military superpower with over $300 billion annual military budget when for a small fraction of this money, millions of people dying of diseases throughout the world could be saved.
Indeed, in these days of misplaced patriotism, people like Zinn are called traitors when in fact, it should be people like Zinn who have defined democracy by questioning the government and questioning the true motives of those in power. Governments lie, and lie a lot for personal gains.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Terriorits
How did this start and why are they so mad at us. Do we stick our nose in too many others business and not take care of the people here
Published 8 months ago by GLORIA
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Product
This book is a gift for my husband. It arrived in excellent condition and the subject matter is very informative. Mr. Zinn was a brilliant observer of history.
Published 13 months ago by Lamb
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Zinn, meet Glenn Beck, Mr. O'Reilly and, of course, Mr. Rove...
Never, in all the days of my soon-to-be 64 years have I ever read an author who has all the answers to the degree that Mr. Zinn does. Read more
Published on July 31, 2010 by Big D
4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Left
"Terrorism and War" presents a clear, concise explanation of Howard Zinn's views on war, terrorism, democracy, progressive movements, and capitalism. Read more
Published on December 31, 2004 by Paul Pope
5.0 out of 5 stars Is war terrorism?
Politics,history, foreign policy and current events are topics I used to avoid, but Zinn presents these subjects in language that is accessible. Read more
Published on December 28, 2004 by Gabriella
3.0 out of 5 stars Namby-Pamby In Its Approach
Zinn defends the terrorists against certain accusations. For instance, he says that terrorists have demands that we should consider meeting and that terrorists are not like insane... Read more
Published on December 3, 2002 by Margo Wycam
5.0 out of 5 stars A deeply profound book
Dr. Zinn says in this book--probably more correctly than he could ever know at the time he said it-- that it is foolish to advocate indiscriminatley dropping bombs on Afghanistan... Read more
Published on October 14, 2002 by Chris
1.0 out of 5 stars Ultra-Liberal Backwash
If you enjoying listening to ultra-liberals damn every possible aspect of our evil foreign policy and captitalist greed, this book's the ticket. Read more
Published on September 27, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A Voice for Peace
Zinn's latest collection of writings--a selection of interviews collected after 9-11--is an important expression of protest against the unjust and illegal war carried out against... Read more
Published on August 1, 2002 by mrgrieves08
3.0 out of 5 stars An intellectual, liberal view on events
Obviously published prompted by and in reaction to the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, Terrorism and War is the first full-length work in a number of years. Read more
Published on July 14, 2002 by Thomas
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