Original Zinn

Conversations on History and Politics

By Howard Zinn; David Barsamian; Arundhati Roy (Foreword by)
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060844257, 167pp.)

Publication Date: November 2014

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Historian, activist, and bestselling author Howard Zinn has been interviewed by David Barsamian for public radio numerous times over the past decade. Original Zinn is a collection of their conversations, showcasing the acclaimed author of A People's History of the United States at his most engaging and provocative.

Touching on such diverse topics as the American war machine, civil disobedience, the importance of memory and remembering history, and the role of artists—from Langston Hughes to Dalton Trumbo to Bob Dylan—in relation to social change, Original Zinn is Zinn at his irrepressible best, the acute perception of a scholar whose impressive knowledge and probing intellect make history immediate and relevant for us all.




About the Author
Living near Boston, Howard Zinn is a historian, political essayist, playwright, and activist. His earlier experience as a bombardier in World War II and his later experience in the southern movement for racial justice propelled him into a lifetime of searching for larger truths in his writings, research, and activism. Among Zinn's many influential books, his A People s History of the United States, which offered an entirely new perspective on American history, has been widely translated, serialized, and adapted to multiple editions for various audiences, including young readers. More recently Zinn's appearances on stage with such figures as Kurt Vonnegut, Viggo Mortensen, Alice Walker, Danny Glover, Marisa Tomei, and others have brought his Voices of the People's History (edited with Anthony Arnove) to many new audiences internationally.

David Barsamian, founder and director of the award-winning and widely syndicated weekly show Alternative Radio, has authored several books of interviews with leading political thinkers, including Arundhati Roy, Howard Zinn, Edward Said, and Noam Chomsky. He and Chomsky co-authored and co-narrated "Imperial Ambitions" for Macmillan. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Arundhati Roy is the author of the novel The God of Small Things, for which she received the 1997 Booker Prize. She has also written several non-fiction books, including Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers and Walking with the Comrades. Roy is the recipient of the 2002 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Prize.
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