A Power Governments Cannot Suppress

A Power Governments Cannot Suppress A Power Governments Cannot Suppress is a major new collection of essays on American history class immigration justice and ordinary citizens who have made a difference Zinn addresses America s curr

  • Title: A Power Governments Cannot Suppress
  • Author: Howard Zinn
  • ISBN: 9780872864757
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Power Governments Cannot Suppress is a major new collection of essays on American history, class, immigration, justice, and ordinary citizens who have made a difference Zinn addresses America s current political ethical crisis using lessons learned from our nation s history Zinn brings a profoundly human, yet uniquely American perspective to each subject he writes abouA Power Governments Cannot Suppress is a major new collection of essays on American history, class, immigration, justice, and ordinary citizens who have made a difference Zinn addresses America s current political ethical crisis using lessons learned from our nation s history Zinn brings a profoundly human, yet uniquely American perspective to each subject he writes about, whether it s the abolition of war, terrorism, the Founding Fathers, the Holocaust, defending the rights of immigrants, or personal liberties Written in an accessible, personal tone, Zinn approaches the telling of U.S history from an active, engaged point of view America s future is linked to how we understand our past, writes Zinn For this reason, writing about history, for me, is never a neutral act Zinn frames the book with an opening essay titled If History is to be Creative, a reflection on the role and responsibility of the historian To think that history writing must aim simply to recapitulate the failures that dominate the past, writes Zinn, is to make historians collaborators in an endless cycle of defeat If history is to be creative, to anticipate a possible future without denying the past, it should, I believe, emphasize new possibilities by disclosing those hidden episodes of the past when, even if in brief flashes, people showed their ability to resist, to join together, and occasionally win I am supposing, or perhaps only hoping, that our future may be found in the past s fugitive moments of compassion rather than in its solid centuries of warfare Buzzing with stories and ideas, Zinn draws upon fascinating, little known historical anecdotes spanning from the Declaration of Independence to the USA PATRIOT Act to comment on the most controversial issues facing us today government dishonesty, how to respond to terrorism, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the loss of our liberties, immigration, and the responsibility of the citizen to confront power for the common good.Considered a modern day Thoreau by Jonathon Kozol, Zinn s inspired writings address the reader as an active participant in history making We live in a beautiful country, writes Zinn, in the book s opening chapter But people who have no respect for human life, freedom, or justice have taken it over It is now up to all of us to take it back Featuring essays penned over an eight year period, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress is Howard Zinn s first writerly work in several years, an invaluable post 9 11 era addition to the themes that run through his bestselling classic, A People s History Of the United States.Howard Zinn is a veteran of World War II and author of many books and plays, including the million selling classic, A People s History of the United States Thank you, Howard Zinn Thank you for telling us what none of our leaders are willing to The truth And you tell it with such brilliance, such humanity It is a personal honor to be able to say I am a better citizen because of you Michael Moore, director of the film Fahrenheit 9 11, and author of the New York Times bestseller, Stupid White Men d Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation Find here the voice of the well educated and honorable and capable and human United States of America, which might have existed if only absolute power had not corrupted its third rate leaders so absolutely Kurt Vonnegut, author of A Man Without a Country

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    1. People always harp on Zinn being hugely pessimistic but I think that's simply because they're uncomfortable with the idea that the happy, gift-wrapped version of American history we salute during anthems at baseball games and pledge allegiance to in elementary school is hard to recognize as flawed, incomplete and sometimes completely false.Yes, it sucks that Columbus was a murderous asshole. And it blows that the elite class (class: the forbidden word as one of these essays calls it) has always [...]

    2. As I ready myself to not only vote for Obama's re-election, but join in the campaign, Howard Zinn's final book reminds me how much I've compromised my own political thinking in the post-Bush age. In multiple chapters Zinn writes convincingly about war as nationalist terrorism; that governments factor civilian casualties as collateral damage necessary to reach their goals. While he reminds me of how far I've strayed, Obama has continued wars I voted for him thinking he would end, he has not persu [...]

    3. Granted, I am only five chapters into this book, but here again I find myself feeling the need say something about it before I finish. This book is a motivating force, and it should be a powerful one. Don't be sold the typical reviews of it found on this site saying that its content is "nothing new," "things you should already know," or "standard Zinn." Books like this shouldn't be subjected to comparison in any relativity to the author's past work. Simply because 'you' may have read much of the [...]

    4. "A major new collection of essays" Hmm, well, sort of. At least five of these appeared as prefaces for other works (authored by other writers). This would make a fine textbook for an 8th grade social studies class. For adults who closely follow history and politics, and have read a bit or a lot of Zinn, you can skip this. It's extremely superficial, and there are no foot/endnotes (not that that would be a deal breaker, if the writing were deeper and more substantial).

    5. It's hard not to agree with the bulk of Zinn's sentiments here. And even the stuff I found myself disagreeing with was written eloquently and engagingly. But the agreement with one's ideas shouldn't be the basis on which we evaluate the total worth of a book, particularly when the ideas aren't presented as anything much deeper than platitudes and idealism. The premise of the book is promising, but doesn't entirely live up to that promise. We have a collection of essays loosely related, and all o [...]

    6. Zinn, as ever, nails it. Nails what? Inspiration. Motivation.In this work, Zinn covers the history of social movements in the US, with brief asides focusing on social movements in other countries. Once again, he makes history relevant to our modern times. Here's a few excerpts that speak much louder, and much more eloquently, than any review I could pen:"Revolutionary change does not come as one cataclysmic moment (beware of such moments!) but as an endless succession of surprises, moving zigzag [...]

    7. 4 out of 5 stars. This is a quick read! This is a collection of essays, not a singular monograph. It is probably best read as a companion piece to other texts on 20th century US foreign relations and politics. I read this on the heels of A Nation Among Nations by Thomas Bender -- it was a great pairing. I particularly enjoyed the short essays on Eugene Debs and the Camden 28. This is heavy on the Iraq War -- keep in mind that it was written during Term II of Bush II, and is essentially a collect [...]

    8. This book should be required reading. For everyone. Zinn takes American government of today and puts it in context of yesterday. He looks at our current wars and shows how they came to be. Plenty of analysis of contemporary affairs with a splash of history, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress puts a human face on our country's actions in the world and at home.As an American, this book with embarrass you. As a human, this book will enrage you. As an optimist, this book will depress you. But Howar [...]

    9. Themes from Zinn's classic A People's History are interwoven with new commentary on select historical events, old and recent. 35 essays are well arranged, flowing naturally as variations on a pro-socialist, anti-war theme. They march through a variety of topics, examining the same basic issues -- democratic legitimacy, class conflict, racial justice -- through the lens of different eras and figures.The obvious passion behind Zinn's stance adds force to his arguments. That said, if you're not alr [...]

    10. This book is much more readable than The People's History of the US. Rather than being chronological, it is more topical, comparing the current state of affairs to events in our history that were similar that we seem to have forgotten about.

    11. As I said in my review of A People’s History of the United States a couple of years ago, “I’m humbled – and yes, also somewhat ashamed – that I’ve discovered this historian and his work at the very ripe old age of 64. I obviously wish it could’ve been sooner. But as it was not, the next best thing I could do was give my copy of A People’s History of the United States, still slightly warm to the touch, to my daughter on the occasion of her 21st birthday.” (Of course, the next su [...]

    12. Essays from the early Iraq war, what already seemed to be the dragging indefinite Iraq War, asking us to consider why we fight, why we fear, why we embrace American nationalism and patriotism and comfortable lies about our country's history and our own histories.

    13. "A Power Governments Cannot Suppress" est le genre de livre que je n'aurais probablement jamais acheté ou emprunté. J'aurais aussi eu peu de chances de tomber dessus par hasard dans le cadre d'une vente de garage ou via un ami, puisqu'il s'agit d'un titre de City Lights Books, un éditeur alias libraire indépendant de San Francisco.Si City Lights Books est reconnu comme une attraction touristique importante à San Francisco, tout comme à titre d'éditeur et de libraire majeur pour le dévelo [...]

    14. "People, when organized, have enormous power, more than any government. Our history runs deep with stories of people who stand up, speak out, dig in, organize, connect, form networks of resistance, and alter the course of history.""There is a basic weakness in governments, however massive their armies, however vast their wealth, however they control images and information, because their power depends on the obedience of citizens, of soldiers, of civil servants, of journalists and writers and tea [...]

    15. Book by same guy that wrote "the people's history of the u.s."A great book and quite timely. Zinn's method from people's history is there, but now it's focused on people's movements and what it will take now, in regards to neo-liberal, neo-con conservatives that are only interested in protecting corporate interest and how they, since the farmer revolts before the revolution war (because of government mandated pricing, to save money by pinching the farmer to cheaply feed the urban workforce) (sam [...]

    16. zig zag. present moment as constantly evolvinghistory as a lesson as to not repeat the same mistakes over and over again“The challenge remains. On the other side are formidable forces: money, political power, the major media. On our side are the people of the world and a power greater than money or weapons: the truth.Truth has a power of its own. Art has a power of its own. That age-old lesson – that everything we do matters – is the meaning of the people’s struggle here in the United St [...]

    17. This book rocks. Quite literally, the essays in this book will rock the way you think about "america" and democracy. Again and again Zinn deconstructs the glory of war as it is fantasized by the media, the government and popular culture. Quoting from Eugene V. Debs on the socialist platform with Mother Jones and Big Bill in 1905 to remembering the executions of the Italian immigrants Sacco and Vanzetti Zinn makes an un deniable case against war and the horrors of war. He does this with countless [...]

    18. كتاب "قوة لا يمكن للحكومات قمعها" من تأليف المؤرخ الأمريكي الشهير هاورد زين.كتاب يستحق القراءة من كل ثوار العرب و هو غير مترجم للاسف.الكتاب الذي هو عبارة عن مقالات في المقاومة السلمية للشعب الأمريكي ضد سياسات التمييز والاضطهاد التي كانت الحكومة تنتهجها ضد الضعفاء والفقراء.ل [...]

    19. I love Howard Zinn's work, but this one was a bit uneven. The blurb on the back of the book makes it sound like this is an original work, but in fact this is a collection of essays he has written elsewhere and therefore is only loosely connected around the them of groups opposing abusive government power.Written against the backdrop of the war with Iraq and the Patriot Act, that shapes much of what he says. The best parts of the book for me were the historical pieces on acts of civil disobedienc [...]

    20. Well it usually takes me a good while to read a Zinn but the insightful information as always, is well worth the hum drum writing style. I simply adore Zinn.He's pretty much saying when it comes to the Republicans and the Democrats, dismissing them as working together on almost all issues that keep the powerful on top and the rest of us on the bottom. He'd prefer a Nader-like alternative, or really that people defy the state and create a better world themselves rather than seeking to do so throu [...]

    21. The book as a whole is slightly repetitive because it is a collection of essays, but that does not take away from any of the inspiring, frustrating, anger-inducing points that Zinn makes. There also are many things in the book that readers may already vaguely know, but the way Zinn presents the facts takes the reader beyond just the "knowing." His examples and his writing negate the feeling of powerlessness that often comes with general knowledge about something and really inspire the reader tow [...]

    22. I think this is a fantastic and informative book. The book is a collection of essays written by the author and does not need to be read in a particular order. Although I still struggle with some of the concepts introduced by Howard Zinn, I can still see his points. Much of what he has written regarding oppression, war, and our government establishment is very much in line with my experiences as a minority-veteran who speaks out against the massive, corporate-fed, government machine. No matter yo [...]

    23. 'Historian' is too narrow of a term for Howard Zinn in this collection of essays that unabashedly and passionately calls for change through collective action against the powers that bebut only if we let them. Reading all these essays collected over a 8-year period can be repetitive as Zinn calls upon some of the same examples of hope and horror, modern and historical, but then again, read all together, one cannot help but feel the wellspring of hope that Zinn has that history can show us how to [...]

    24. I appreciate Zinn for being clear and up front about his idealogy and agenda, even as a historian, for social change; his passion is evident. But the way he glosses over so many particulars of history makes me wonder what he is leaving out and why, just as it does with so many of his right-wing counterparts. Nevertheless, he is good at pointing out various social ills that most people would rather just ignore, and for that he lives up to his reputation as a radical.

    25. I got this book from my lovely husband for my birthday. As soon as I am finished we will begin the revolution ;)UPDATE- finished it &very very good. The biggest complaint is that Zinn falls back to the same examples over and over again. I like when writers/theorists use a variety of examples to illustrate a point. But with that said, he still one of the most important voices and I get so much value from his work and (if I may engaged in a little hyperbole) I think he is national treasure.

    26. Zinn challenges us to fundamentally rethink our most profound allegiances, challenges our assumptions, and ultimately provides a coherent argument for a more peaceful world through a celebration of the struggles of ordinary human beings against powers, traditions, and the apathy of the status quo. I found the book profoundly hopeful, and felt thankful for a book that put words to feelings that I've had for years, but could not describe.

    27. Howard Zinn flat out tells his reader that he is a biased historian because all historians are biased, all historians pick and choose a few informational tidbits from a vast sea of information, excluding so much. Each historian has a private agenda, and Zinn's is to tell American history through a different lens. I read Zinn because he helps me to put current events into historical perspective, and that's what this collection of essays does.

    28. Este libro es muy bueno. Es un conjunto de ensayos sobre distintos episodios de la historia de Estados Unidos, desde una perspectiva humanista, pacifista y justa. Howard Zinn, es un hombre de un gran sentido moral. Y eso se ve reflejado en sus escritos. Habla de la historia real, no la de propaganda usada en los textos escolares, las películas o televisión. Es para la gente que realmente quiere saber detalles de la historia de EU sin patriotismos vanos.

    29. A wonderful collection of Howard Zinn's most insightful essays on a variety of topics from war to the civil rights movement. There's also a wonderful essay on Eugene V. Debs. This is definitely for anyone who may feel intimidated by Zinn's other books and to get a basic understanding of what he was about.

    30. this book is excellent has made me rethink my whole outlook on lifei grew up in the 60's and 70's when protesting to change the way things were done was bigHoward Zinn makes the argument that it times of hopelessness it is everyday people who can force change through protest and civil disobediencei also learned so much history from reading this booki recommend it to all

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