You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Timesby Howard Zinn
Beacon Press is proud to publish a new edition of the classic memoir by one of our most lively, influential, and engaged teachers and activists. Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States, tells his personal stories about more than thirty years of fighting for social change, from teaching at Spelman College to recent protests against war.
A former bombardier in WWII, Zinn emerged in the civil rights movement as a powerful voice for justice. Although he's a fierce critic, he gives us reason to hope that by learning from history and engaging politically, we can make a difference in the world.
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"A powerful, politically electric book from one of the most engaging social critics in the nation."—Jonathan Kozol
"A history and a history maker to give us hope."—Alice Walker
"A personal favorite. This autobiography by the great activist and historian...provides an eloquent, personal account of the struggles for civil rights and against the Vietnam War, and a universal paean to protest and resistance."—Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive
"Zinn explains his involvement in the struggles for civil rights, against war, and in support of organized labor by citing his 'abhorrence of any kind of bullying.' These are lively tales."—Patricia O'Connell, The New York Times
"Pick up this book! Start reading it! I guarantee you won't stop. The most influential teacher I've ever had continues to teach us about life and humanity and hope."—Marian Wright Edelman
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Howard Zinn (1922–2010) was a world-renowned historian, author, playwright, and social activist best known for A People's History of the United States. His many highly acclaimed books include You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Trainand Three Strikes.
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What lessons, if any, do past social movements teach American citizens? Is change feasible in today¿s society? Howard Zinn attempts to answer these two questions, along with a number of others, in his book entitled 'You Can¿t Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times.' A beautifully written and inspirational book, 'You Can¿t Be Neutral on a Moving Train' is quintessential Zinn¿direct, yet optimistic. Zinn¿s central argument is that we are all capable of participating in change, however, for change to occur, we must all experience a social and political reawakening. Zinn¿s book offers the reader a more hopeful version of politics and society. Yet, such a version is only feasible if we, as Americans, actively participate in the political process. This involvement will fill ones soul with a sense of meaning, and in the end will create a better world for all to live in. For those interested in the history of American society, politics, and social justice issues, 'You Can¿t Be Neutral on a Moving Train' is a marvelous book filled with inspiration.