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Howard Zinn was perhaps the best-known and most widely celebrated popular interpreter of American history in the twentieth century, renowned as a bestselling author, a political activist, a lecturer, and one of America's most recognizable and admired progressive voices. A bombardier who later renounced war, a son of working-class parents who earned a doctorate at Columbia, a white professor who taught at the historically black Spelman College in Atlanta?the author of A People's History of the United States blazed a bold, iconoclastic path through the turbulent second half of the twentieth century. For the millions moved by Zinn's personal example of political engagement, here is an authoritative biography by the award-winning historian Martin Duberman, who was given exclusive access to the previously closed Zinn archives. "Profoundly moving and perfectly timed" (Blanche Wiesen Cook), "compulsively readable and elegant" (ForeWord), "engaging" (History News Network), and "thoughtful" (reason.com), this fascinating account places Zinn at the heart of the signal events of modern American history?from World War II to the McCarthy era, the civil rights and the antiwar movements, and beyond. Illustrated with never-before-published photographs, Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left brings to life this towering figure?the people's historian who himself made history, changing forever how we think about our past.