Books for changing the world

“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

Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States was first published forty years ago. Its impact is difficult to overstate. A blockbuster of the historical genre, the book has inspired generations of historians, activists, movements, and artists; it has indelibly shifted the way Americans understand the role of historians in public life. 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 forty years of A People's History, we present a reading list of classic works by Howard Zinn that embody his commitments to struggle from below and people's history.

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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