A new edition of Howard Zinn’s landmark memoir that chronicles his lifelong commitment to social justice and steadfast belief that ordinary people can change history.
In You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train, legendary activist, author, and educator Howard Zinn chronicles more than thirty years of fighting for social change, from his teenage years as a laborer in Brooklyn to teaching at Spelman College during the civil rights movement alongside Alice Walker and Marian Wright Edelman. A former bombardier in World War II, Zinn later became an outspoken antiwar activist and led spirited protests against the Vietnam War while a professor at Boston University. With a new foreword from activist and author Rebecca Solnit, this revised edition will energize a new generation of readers looking for hope and inspiration.
“A teacher who committed his politically engaged life to the belief that love is a command to action.—Colman McCarthy, The Washington Post "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”