Passionate Declarations: Essays on War and Justice [NOOK Book]

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From the bestselling author of A People's History of the United States comes this selection of passionate, honest, and piercing essays looking at American political ideology.

Howard Zinn brings to Passionate Declarations the same astringent style and provocative point of view that led more than a million people to buy his book A People's History of the United States. He directs his critique here to what he calls "American orthodoxies" -- that set of beliefs guardians of our ...

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Overview

From the bestselling author of A People's History of the United States comes this selection of passionate, honest, and piercing essays looking at American political ideology.

Howard Zinn brings to Passionate Declarations the same astringent style and provocative point of view that led more than a million people to buy his book A People's History of the United States. He directs his critique here to what he calls "American orthodoxies" -- that set of beliefs guardians of our culture consider sacrosanct: justifications for war, cynicism about human nature and violence, pride in our economic system, certainty of our freedom of speech, romanticization of representative government, confidence in our system of justice. Those orthodoxies, he believes, have a chilling effect on our capacity to think independently and to become active citizens in the long struggle for peace and justice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061989827
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/22/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 681,451
  • File size: 722 KB

Meet the Author

Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a historian, playwright, and social activist. His many books include A People's History of the United States, which has sold more than two million copies.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: American Ideology 1
2 Machiavellian Realism and U.S. Foreign Policy: Means and Ends 9
3 Violence and Human Nature 32
4 The Use and Abuse of History 48
4 Just and Unjust War 67
6 Law and Justice 106
7 Economic Justice: The American Class System 147
8 Free Speech: Second Thoughts on the First Amendment 182
9 Representative Government: The Black Experience 231
10 Communism and Anti-communism 259
11 The Ultimate Power 278
Notes 303
Index 333
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