Biography at its best, written by a master of the craft and a man who has lived the activist life and combined that with serious scholarship and innovative teaching.
–Michael Kammen, Los Angeles Review of Books
This intelligent book reminds us of the titanic moral struggles in American history and those who engaged with them.
–The Washington Post
Owing to Duberman's own passionate commitment to social justice and his exclusive access to Zinn's papers, his authoritative biography brings Zinn's colorful voice back to life.
If you're a fan of Howard Zinn . . . you'll want to pick up this excellent biography.
Imagine! The best of Howard Zinn and Martin Duberman between two covers. Everyone interested in A People's History
and a future of justice and hope will benefit from Martin Duberman's insightful, vividly written, splendid biography. Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left
is profoundly moving and perfectly timed as we regroup and reconsider our world's needs.
–Blanche Wiesen Cook, University Distinguished Professor at John Jay College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, and author of Eleanor Roosevelt
Martin Duberman has written a fine biography. He brings us the extraordinary life of Howard Zinn, in an account that is well-informed and empathetic, sometimes gently critical, but always aware of the driving passion for direct action in the cause of social justice that was the core of Howard Zinn's being.
–Frances Fox Piven
Howard Zinn was one of the truly great figures of twentieth-century American radicalism–an academic who shocked much of the academy by giving us a 'people's history' of our own country. We are fortunate that the author of this biography is Martin Duberman, himself an activist as well as an academic, who brings his passion to these pages.
When Howard Zinn died I hoped that someone would document the extraordinary life of this extremely kind and brave man–but I never dreamed that it would be done by someone with the craft and vision of Martin Duberman. This book is destined to be a classic of twentieth-century history.
–Mark Kurlansky, author of Nonviolence
Martin Duberman's masterful biography promises to bring the story of Howard's life and work to new generations of readers.
–Paul Buhle, editor of A People's History of American Empire
A masterful biography. . . . With his typically meticulous research, Martin Duberman has ferreted out the facts and given us a complete picture, warts and all.