For historian Howard Zinn, political struggle trumped all private concerns
At age 86, this radical historian and political activist set alight all documents relating to his personal life, in the ultimate expression of his lifelong tendency to remain emotionally distant.
Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left
by Martin Duberman. The New Press,
400 pages, $26.95
At age 86, Howard Zinn destroyed history. In the months following the death of his wife, Roz, in 2008, Zinn, the radical historian and political activist, combed through his archives, removing and disposing of any documents related to his personal, as opposed to political, life. The evidence of...