Original Zinn: Conversations on History and Politics


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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. [Publisher’s description.]

Published by Harper Perennial, 2006.


Table of Contents

Foreword by Arundhati Roy • p. ix

1. Can the System Be Fixed? • KGNU, Boulder, Colorado, August 8, 2002 • p. 1

2. The Backseat Interview, Part I • Albuquerque/Santa Fe, New Mexico, Sept. 18, 2002 • p. 15

3. The Backseat Interview, Part II • Albuquerque/Santa Fe, New Mexico, Sept. 18, 2002 • p. 32

4. War on Iraq: A Dissenting View • KGNU, Boulder, Colorado, March 25, 2003 • p. 45

5. Resistance and the Role of Artists • Cambridge, Massachusetts, Feb. 6, 2004 • p. 65

6. Critical Thinking • Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 21, 2004 • p. 83

7. Airbrushing History • Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dec. 3, 2004 • p. 105

8. A World Without Borders • Cambridge, Massachusetts, Feb. 7, 2005 • p. 131

Afterword: “Against Discouragement” by Howard Zinn • p. 161

Acknowledgements • p. `169