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.

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Howard Zinn: A Life on the Left
by Martin Duberman. The New Press,
400 pages, $26.95

At age 86, Howard Zinn destroyed...