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Passionate Declarations: Essays on War and Justice

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en Limba Engleză Paperback – 17 Jun 2003
“A shotgun blast of revisionism that aims to shatter all the comfortable myths of American political discourse.” — Los Angeles Times
From the bestselling author of A People's History of the United States comes this selection of passionate, honest, and piercing essays looking at American political ideology.
Howard Zinn brings to Passionate Declarations the same astringent style and provocative point of view that led more than a million people to buy his book A People's History of the United States. He directs his critique here to what he calls "American orthodoxies" —that set of beliefs guardians of our culture consider sacrosanct: justifications for war, cynicism about human nature and violence, pride in our economic system, certainty of our freedom of speech, romanticization of representative government, confidence in our system of justice. Those orthodoxies, he believes, have a chilling effect on our capacity to think independently and to become active citizens in the long struggle for peace and justice.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780060557676
ISBN-10: 0060557672
Pagini: 368
Dimensiuni: 135 x 203 x 21 mm
Greutate: 0.28 kg
Ediția: Reprint
Editura: HarperCollins Publishers
Colecția HarperPerennial

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From the bestselling author of A People's History of the United States comes this selection of passionate, honest, and piercing essays looking at American political ideology.
Howard Zinn brings to Passionate Declarations the same astringent style and provocative point of view that led more than a million people to buy his book A People's History of the United States. He directs his critique here to what he calls "American orthodoxies" -- that set of beliefs guardians of our culture consider sacrosanct: justifications for war, cynicism about human nature and violence, pride in our economic system, certainty of our freedom of speech, romanticization of representative government, confidence in our system of justice. Those orthodoxies, he believes, have a chilling effect on our capacity to think independently and to become active citizens in the long struggle for peace and justice.

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“An unabashedly subjective challenge to American orothodox beliefs.”
“A shotgun blast of revisionism that aims to shatter all the comfortable myths of American political discourse.”
“In these informal, challenging essays that link the personal to the political, Zinn aims to shake complacency, to challenge what he calls ‘American orthodoxies’ or recieved opinions about history and government.”
“Zinn’s ambitious goal is not only to identify a dominant pattern of American ideas but to determine the soundness of that American ideology by putting the individual axioms on trial....A timely and important wake-up call to Americans who slumber in the netherworld of ideology.”
“It has been Zinn’s life work to illuminate the subjectivities others have ignored....It joins his pioneering...A People’s History of the United States to form what could be called the essential Zinn.”