Wednesday, August 17, 2005

A Peoples History of the United States

Hi Everyone

I know I havn't posted anything lately, and as I mentioned in one of the comments the reason is I am moving from Oregon, and at the moment I am packing...

The reason I am moving is because this is how our scholarship works, we take an orientation in the summer at one college and then we move to another college for the two years and graduate there. This is so that we get exposed to different parts of the US.

I have started reading a book that I have very high expectations of, the reason being.... that I really liked the first chapter. But... one should never judge a book by the cover, or the first chapter that is. Anyway the title of the book is "A Peoples History of the Unite States" by Howard Zinn.

The author talks about the intention of this book, and I quote:

"And in such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of the thinking people, as Albert Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioner."

I thought that was brilliant.

Zinn goes on to explain that he is not writing this book "to grieve for the victims" but to be "skeptical of governments and their attempts through politics and culture, to ensnare ordinary people in a giant web of nationhood pretending to a common interest."

There are many things in what I have read so far that are very interesting and I think I will write at least a couple of posts on the issues that are discussed.

Take care every1

2 Comments:

Blogger two seas liberal said...

"And in such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of the thinking people, as Albert Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioner."

Nor on the side of child executioner either as you are with your admiration of Khomeini.

6:09 AM  
Blogger Zainab Alkhawaja said...

Hiya liberal

Could you do me a favour and tell me your sources please. I would like to take a look at them.

Thanx

12:26 PM  

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