Howard Zinn on War

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Howard Zinn on War is a collection of twenty-six short writings chosen by the author to represent his thinking on a subject that concerned and fascinated him throughout his career. He reflects on the wars against Iraq, the war in Kosovo, the Vietnam War, World War II, and on the meaning of war generally in a world of nations that can’t seem to stop destroying each other. These readings appeared first in magazines and newspapers including the Progressive and the Boston Globe, as well as in Zinn’s books, Failure to Quit, Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal, The Politics of History, and Declarations of Independence. [Publisher’s description.]

Published by Seven Stories Press, 2001; updated 2013.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Marilyn B. Young • p. 7

  1. The Force of Nonviolence (1962) • p. 11
  2. Vietnam: A Matter of Perspective (1967) • p. 29
  3. Of Fish and Fishermen (1967) • p. 39
  4. A Speech for LBJ (1967) • p. 49
  5. Dow Shalt Not Kill (1967) • p. 57
  6. Aggressive Liberalism (1970) • p. 67
  7. The Bombing of Royan (1970) • p. 83
  8. The Curious Chronology of the Mayaguez Incident (1975) • p. 101
  9. The CIA, Rockefeller, and the Boys in the Club (1975) • p. 105
  10. Whom Will We Honor on Memorial Day? (1976) • p. 109
  11. What Did Richard Nixon Learn? (1985) • p. 113
  12. Just and Unjust War (1990) • p. 119
  13. Machiavellian Realism and U.S. Foreign Policy: Means and Ends (1991) • p. 169
  14. Terrorism Over Tripoli (1993) • p. 199
  15. The Massacres of History (1998) • p. 205
  16. Bombing Iraq (1998) • p. 213
  17. Saving Private Ryan (1998) • p. 217
  18. Remembering a War (1998) • p. 221
  19. A Diplomatic Solution (1999) • p. 225
  20. Their Atrocities and Ours (1999) • p. 229
  21. One Iraqi’s Story (1999) • p. 237
  22. The Case Against War in Iraq (2002) • p. 241