Howard Zinn



  • Notre manière de penser est une question de vie ou de mort. Si ceux qui tiennent les rênes de la société se montrent capables de contrôler nos idées, ils sont assurés de rester au pouvoir. Nul besoin de soldats dans les rues. Cet ordre résulte d'un processus de sélection au cours duquel certaines idées sont promues par le biais des plus puissantes machines culturelles du pays. Nous devons réexaminer ces idées et réaliser comment elles s'opposent à notre expérience du monde. Nous serons alors en mesure de contester l'idéologie dominante.
    De l'exercice de la justice aux motivations réelles des guerres, en passant par les conditions d'entretien de la violence économique et sociale, l'auteur illustre la manière dont la tenue des affaires du monde, c'est-à-dire de nos affaires, devrait être entre nos mains. Et toujours chez Howard Zinn le même optimisme sur la nature et le destin de l'humanité : l'histoire ne réserve que des surprises, et elles ne sont pas toutes mauvaises.

  • Ce n'est pas seulement qu'un président soit un politicien. Le pire est qu'il soit entouré de politiciens. Et nous, nous sommes des citoyens. Nous ne devons donc pas voir le monde à travers leurs yeux, en disant : « Bon, il faut faire des compromis, il faut faire ce choix pour des raisons politiques.

  • "Howard Zinn retrace l'histoire des États-Unis du point de vue des esclaves, travailleurs, immigrés, femmes, Indiens, de tous ceux que l'histoire officielle oublie souvent. Une relecture originale des politiques et des résistances qui ont façonné les États-Unis.

    Ce premier volume s'ouvre sur l'arrivée de Christophe Colomb au Nouveau Monde, vue par les yeux des Indiens Arawak. Entre luttes anti-impérialistes et guerre hispano-américaine, le mythe de la conquête glorieuse laisse place à une réalité autrement amère."

  • D'Hiroshima à l'Irak, en passant par la guerre du Vietnam, les bombardements aériens sont au coeur de la stratégie militaire américaine. Des analystes ont réfuté l'utilité stratégique de cette pratique, en montrant qu'elle relève davantage de la « passion technologique » que de la « raison militaire ». Selon Howard Zinn, cette critique est rece­vable, mais trop courte. Il faut, soutient-il dans cet essai, condamner les bombardements intensifs en raison des atrocités qu'ils infligent à des centaines de milliers d'êtres humains, pour la plupart des civils. Quiconque saisit l'horreur des tapis de bombes, des bombes incendiaires et de la bombe atomique comprendra que rien ne les justifie... pas même une « guerre juste ».

  • "Howard Zinn retrace l'histoire des États-Unis du point de vue des esclaves, travailleurs, immigrés, femmes, Indiens, de tous ceux que l'histoire officielle oublie souvent. Une relecture originale des politiques et des résistances qui ont façonné les États-Unis.

    Dans ce second volume, Howard Zinn entraîne le lecteur dans le tumulte des guerres et des révolutions du XXe siècle. Il poursuit son examen des événements et des tensions qui ont abouti à la guerre contre le terrorisme et ont fait des États-Unis d'Amérique ce qu'ils sont aujourd'hui.
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  • Au-delà de l'élection de Barack Obama se pose la question de la mentalité politique américaine. L'histoire des États-Unis, rappelle Howard Zinn, a forgé des dispositions politiques qui freinent le progrès social et briment la liberté, et d'autres qui les rendent possibles. Le contexte politique actuel exige plus que jamais qu'on sache les distinguer. Dans ce pays, on grandit avec l'idée que le peuple américain est une grande famille unie, qui partage les mêmes intérêts, où les enjeux vitaux de la nation signifient la même chose pour tout le monde. C'est cet état d'esprit qui envoûte et accable la population, qui a permis une suite ininterrompue de guerres, et qui bloque toute véritable discussion sur les inégalités sociales. Dans les textes que nous présente Howard Zinn, rassemblés et traduits en français pour la première fois, on redécouvre que c'est grâce aux luttes pour la justice, et non au patriotisme de pacotille, que la liberté fut établie et préservée aux États-Unis.

  • A Young People's History of the United States brings to US history the viewpoints of workers, slaves, immigrants, women, Native Americans, and others whose stories, and their impact, are rarely included in books for young people. A Young People's History of the United States is also a companion volume to The People Speak, the film adapted from A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People';s History of the United States.
    Beginning with a look at Christopher Columbus';s arrival through the eyes of the Arawak Indians, then leading the reader through the struggles for workers'; rights, women';s rights, and civil rights during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and ending with the current protests against continued American imperialism, Zinn in the volumes of A Young People';s History of the United States presents a radical new way of understanding America';s history. In so doing, he reminds readers that America';s true greatness is shaped by our dissident voices, not our military generals.

  • No other radical historian has reached so many hearts and minds as Howard Zinn. It is rare that a historian of the Left has managed to retain as much credibility while refusing to let his academic mantle change his beautiful writing style from being anything but direct, forthright, and accessible. Whether his subject is war, race, politics, economic justice, or history itself, each of his works serves as a reminder that to embrace one's subjectivity can mean embracing one's humanity, that heart and mind can speak with one voice. Here, in six sections, is the historian's own choice of his shorter essays on some of the most critical problems facing America throughout its history, and today.

  • Here, in the magisterial yet plain-spoken style of A People's History of the United States, is historian Howard Zinn's long-awaited telling of these last six years of United States history, a time when catastrophic machinations of war have dictated our foreign and domestic policy, and when voices of resistance have appeared in the unlikeliest places.
    Perhaps more than any other American, Howard Zinn has helped us understand ourselves by deepening our understanding of our own history.

  • "Political power," says Howard Zinn, "is controlled by the corporate elite, and the arts are the locale for a kind of guerilla warfare in the sense that guerillas look for apertures and opportunities where they can have an effect." In Artists in Times of War, Zinn looks at the possibilities to create such apertures through art, film, activism, publishing and through our everyday lives. In this collection of four essays, the author of A People's History of the United States writes about why "To criticize the government is the highest act of patriotism." Filled with quotes and examples from the likes of Bob Dylan, Mark Twain, e. e. cummings, Thomas Paine, Joseph Heller, and Emma Goldman, Zinn's essays discuss America's rich cultural counternarratives to war, so needed in these days of unchallenged U.S. militarism.

  • Howard Zinn began work on his first book for his friends at Seven Stories Press in 1996, a big volume collecting all his shorter writings organized by subject. The themes he chose reflected his lifelong concerns: war, history, law, class, means and ends, and race. Throughout his life Zinn had returned again and again to these subjects, continually probing and questioning yet rarely reversing his convictions or the vision that informed them. The result was The Zinn Reader. Five years later, starting with Howard Zinn on History, updated editions of sections of that mammoth tome were published in inexpensive stand-alone editions. This second edition of Howard Zinn on History brings together twenty-seven short writings on activism, electoral politics, the Holocaust, Marxism, the Iraq War, and the role of the historian, as well as portraits of Eugene Debs, John Reed, and Jack London, effectively showing how Zinn';s approach to history evolved over nearly half a century, and at the same time sharing his fundamental thinking that social movements--people getting together for peace and social justice--can change the course of history. That core belief never changed. Chosen by Zinn himself as the shorter writings on history he believed to have enduring value--originally appearing in newspapers like the Boston Globe or the New York Times; in magazines like Z, the New Left, the Progressive, or the Nation; or in his book Failure to Quit--these essays appear here as examples of the kindof passionate engagement he believed all historians, and indeed all citizens of whatever profession, need to have, standing in sharp contrast to the notion of "objective" or "neutral" history espoused by some. "It is time that we scholars begin to earn our keep in this world," he writes in "The Uses of Scholarship." And in "Freedom Schools," about his experiences teaching in Mississippi during the remarkable "Freedom Summer" of 1964, he adds: "Education can, and should, be dangerous."

  • Howard Zinn began work on his first book for his friends at Seven Stories Press in 1996, a big volume collecting all his shorter writings organized by subject. The themes he chose reflected his lifelong concerns: war, history, law, class, means and ends, and race. Throughout his life Zinn had returned again and again to these subjects, continually probing and questioning yet rarely reversing his convictions or the vision that informed them. The result was The Zinn Reader. Five years later, starting with Howard Zinn on History, updated editions of sections of that mammoth tome were published in inexpensive stand-alone editions. This second edition of 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. Here we see Zinn';s perspective as a World War II veteran and peace activist who lived through the most devastating wars of the twentieth century and questioned every one of them with his combination of integrity and hisorical acumen. In his essay, "Just and Unjust War," Zinn challenges us to fight for justice "with struggle, but without war." He writes in "After the War (2006) that while governments bring us into war, "their power is dependent on the obedience of the citizenry. When that is withdrawn, governments are helpless." In Howard Zinn on War, his message is clear: "The abolition of war has become not only desirable but absolutely necessary if the planet is to be saved. It is an idea whose time has come."

  • Howard Zinn on Race is Zinn';s choice of the shorter writings and speeches that best reflect his views on America';s most taboo topic. As chairman of the history department at all black women';s Spelman College, Zinn was an outspoken supporter of student activists in the nascent civil rights movement. In "The Southern Mystique," he tells of how he was asked to leave Spelman in 1963 after teaching there for seven years. "Behind every one of the national government';s moves toward racial equality," writes Zinn in one 1965 essay, "lies the sweat and effort of boycotts, picketing, beatings, sit-ins, and mass demonstrations." He firmly believed that bringing people of different races and nationalities together would create a more compassionate world, where equality is a given and not merely a dream. These writings, which span decades, express Zinn';s steadfast belief that the people have the power to change the status quo, if they only work together and embrace the nearly forgotten American tradition of civil disobedience and revolution. In clear, compassionate, and present prose, Zinn gives us his thoughts on the Abolitionists, the march from Selma to Montgomery, John F. Kennedy, picketing, sit-ins, and, finally, the message he wanted to send to New York University students about race in a speech he delivered during the last week of his life.

  • Howard Zinn';s books have inspired students and activists of all ages, affirming the power of ordinary people to influence the course of history. In La Otra Historia of Los Estados Unidos, the definitive Spanish-language edition of Zinn';s classic A People';s History of the United States, Zinn takes on the standard narrative of American history showing the lie behind the official history - exposing Columbus not as discoverer, but as murderer; the Founding Fathers not as liberators but the foundation of a new and moneyed elite--at the same time championing alternate American heroes, from Bartolomeo de las Casas to Tecumseh to Cesar Chavez, who successfully put a challenge to American imperial power, and won. Now updated and expanded through the Bush presidency, La Otra Historia de Los Estados Unidos reminds us, once again, that America';s true greatness lies not in its military generals, but in its dissident voices.

  • Cette histoire des États-Unis présente le point de vue de ceux dont les manuels d'histoire parlent habituellement peu. L'auteur confronte avec minutie la version officielle et héroïque (de Christophe Colomb à George Walker Bush) aux témoignages des acteurs les plus modestes. Les Indiens, les esclaves en fuite, les soldats déserteurs, ...

  • Truth--as Zinn shows us in the interviews that make up Terrorism and War--has indeed been the first casualty of war, starting from the beginnings of American empire in the Spanish-American War. But war has many other casualties, he argues, including civil liberties on the home front and human rights abroad. In Terrorism and War, Zinn explores the growth of the American empire, as well as the long tradition of resistance in this country to U.S. militarism, from Eugene Debs and the Socialist Party during World War One to the opponents of U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan today.

  • Selected testimonies to living history--speeches, letters, poems, songs--offered by the people who make history happen, but are often left out of history books: women, workers, nonwhites. Featuring introductions to the original texts by Howard Zinn.
    New voices featured in this 10th Anniversary Edition include Chelsea Manning, speaking after her 35-year prison sentence); Naomi Klein, speaking from the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Liberty Square; a member of Dream Defenders, a youth organization that confronts systemic racial inequality; members of the Undocumented Youth movement, who occupied, marched, and demonstrated in support of the DREAM Act; a member of the Day Laborers movement; Chicago Teachers Union strikers; and several critics of the Obama administration, including Glenn Greenwald, on governmental secrecy.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

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