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Review of Howard Zinn,
This review is from: Howard Zinn: A Radical American Vision (Hardcover)
Davis Joyce's book, Howard Zinn: "A Radical American Vision", is a delightful read. As an individual who typically doesn't read biographies, I was pleasantly surprised by the readability of this work. Zinn, who I had heard about only in passing, is an exceptional person. His radicalism has extended from the civil rights era to the present. He is a man who views history as a tool to demonstrate the need for action in current society.
I was particularly interested in the discussions between objective and subjective reporting of history. Most people now recognize that any view of any event is seen through subjective eyes. To pretend otherwise is sheer hypocrisy. Its good to see that some individuals in the profession of history recognize Zinn's view.
Zinn seems driven to work for the benefit of the downtrodden. A review of his work documents his struggle with authority, with his need to be a family man and provider, with his need to be recognized within his profession. This makes his story one of remarkable dedication.
I appreciate Mr Joyce bringing to my attention the ongoing life and struggle of this extraordinary man. By reading this work I was inspired to purchase Zinn's A People's History. I am looking forward to further enlightenment of our people's history.
Frank Shanklin, Ada