It is something of a macabre coincidence that I am currently in the middle of reading A People's History of the United States because its author, Howard Zinn, died on Wednesday. According to Reuters, "family members said Zinn, who for decades was a fixture in the U.S. civil rights and anti-war movements and lived in Auburndale, Massachusetts, died of a heart attack on Wednesday while traveling in California."
I am no eulogist. The words I write here cannot hope to do justice to the life of a man who spent his entire life fighting against injustice and for change, and who wrote history with a class consciousness unheard of in academia. However, as an introduction to the remarkable existence Zinn lived, and thus the impact of his death, there are few as good as this tribute by Democracy Now!