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.
|Publisher:||Seven Stories Press|
|Series:||Open Media Series|
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About the Author
HOWARD ZINN’s (1922–2010) great subject isn’t war, but peace. After his experience as a bombardier in World War II, he became convinced that there could be no such thing as a “just war,” as the vast majority of modern warfare’s victims are made up of innocent civilians. In his books, including A People’s History of the United States and its companion volume, Voices of a People’s History of the United States, Zinn affirms the power of the masses to influence major events. Through a lifetime of pointed scholarship and principled civil disobedience, he has led and continues to lead generations in the ways of peace.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Zinn is an appologist for terrorists. He justifies the actions of terrorists by portraying them as the victim. This is a very naive discourse by someone that has NO grasp of how the world works.
This book will benefit those readers who seek understanding rather than jingoist polemics. Arnove successfully follows David Barsimian who has established a tradition of probing and in-depth interviews of progressive and left intellectuals. Zinn¿s writings remain refreshingly clear and poignant. Arnove¿s interview questions allow Zinn to discuss this views. The book starts with Zinn¿s discussion of the events of September 11th. As a historian, Zinn provides an overview of United States¿ long record of war and state terrorism. The struggle for peace is likely to be long and arduous. At times of war, most ¿intellectuals¿ support state power and the system of social science and humanities scholarship is devoted to serving power interest even in relatively free and open societies such as the United States. Hence, books from alternative perspective, such as War and Terrorism, become indispensable because they provide a glimpse of truth and aid in deciphering the news in the leading journals of our times and the distortions of governments and corporations.