In a tidy autobiography, the emeritus professor of political science and celebrated author of _A People's History of the United States_ tells the story of his life in terms of the big issues he engaged with other colorful activists: civil rights, the Vietnam War, labor and social justice. The son of poor working-class immigrants in Brooklyn, Zinn worked in the shipyards, became a bombardier in a B-17 during the Second World War, and then went to court and jail many times in the struggles of the 1960s and 70s. There are terrific stories about the heroes (such as Daniel Berrigan) and villains (Sheriff Cull Campbell of Albany, Georgia; dictatorial Boston University president John Silber) of these controversies. The thread that runs through all these stories is how a few common people can make a difference in history if they put their mind to it and work together.
This report prepared by David Loftus