Author and historianDied when: 87 years 156 days (1049 months)
Star Sign: Virgo
Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was an American historian, playwright, philosopher, socialist thinker and World War II veteran.He was chair of the history and social sciences department at Spelman College, and a political science professor at Boston University.
Zinn wrote over 20 books, including his best-selling and influential A People's History of the United States in 1980.In 2007, he published a version of it for younger readers, A Young People's History of the United States.
Zinn described himself as "something of an anarchist, something of a socialist.Maybe a democratic socialist." He wrote extensively about the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement and labor history of the United States.
His memoir, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train (Beacon Press, 2002), was also the title of a 2004 documentary about Zinn's life and work.
Zinn died of a heart attack in 2010, at age 87.