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“We need Howard Zinn now more than ever.”

“We need Howard Zinn now more than ever. Not for the sake of romance or to construct another hero in history. We need his insights, his politics, and his commitment to the struggle for a better world.” —Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, from her foreword to You Can't be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History

August 24, 2022 would have been Howard Zinn’s 100th birthday (August 24, 1922—January 27, 2010). This year, we are proud to be partnering with numerous publishers and organizations to celebrate and commemorate his life’s work and influence, including by contributing the publication of A Life of Activism: Howard Zinn in His Own Words, a free ebook we co-produced with our comrades at Beacon Press, The New Press, and Seven Stories Press.

Howard Zinn was not only a brilliant and principled chronicler of history, he was also a participant in some of the most important social and political movements of the 20th century. Here, to honor the centennial of his birth, we present a reading list of classic works by Howard Zinn that embody his commitments to struggle from below and people's history.

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A Life of Activism: Howard Zinn in His Own Words is a free ebook put together by Beacon Press, Haymarket Books, The New Press, and Seven Stories Press to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Howard Zinn's birth (August 24, 1922 - January 27, 2010).

In this collection of his speeches, Howard Zinn weaves rich historical narratives that inspire and captivate.

A selection of Howard Zinn’s most popular and accessible essays on history and politics.

Howard Zinn tells the story of one of the most important civil rights groups in American history.

Howard Zinn examines the politics of the American South and his own experiences there. 

Howard Zinn’s compelling case against the Vietnam War.

Howard Zinn collects essays exploring the reality of justice in the United States, which has always stood in contrast to the rhetoric about equal rights under the law. 

Howard Zinn’s cogent defense of civil disobedience.

Howard Zinn offers a view from below on these vital years in American history. By critically examining U.S. militarism abroad and racism at home, he raises challenging questions about this often romanticized era.

This classic book is the first truly comprehensive history of American imperialism. Includes a foreword by Howard Zinn.

Howard Zinn dramatizes the life of Emma Goldman, the anarchist, feminist, and free-spirited thinker who was exiled from the US.

Marx in Soho is a brilliant introduction to Marx's life, his analysis of society, and his passion for radical change.

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