Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train Reviews
This documentary had been sitting in my Netflix queue for a long time and Howard Zinn's death on Wednesday provided me the motivation to watch it. Zinn was no ordinary historian, because his background was not purely academic. As an Air Force officer during World War II, he bombed Germany and France. Before the Vietnam war, he negotiated the release of three US airmen who had been captured by the North Vietnamese. So, Zinn was not just a history teacher. He was also a history maker. His life was dedicated to exposing the deficiencies of liberty in American society, the horrible effects of unnecessary wars, and how war can become addictive to those who wage it. His most famous book 'A People's History of the United States' described American history from the perspective of the oppressed ‚?? Columbus from the perspective of the Arawak Indians, the US Constitution from the perspective of the slaves. This documentary, narrated by Matt Damon, chronicles Zinn's grass roots efforts to popularize this contrarian understanding of US history among ordinary Americans, and to encourage them to demand greater liberties from their government and their society.