Review: A Power Governments Cannot Suppress

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A Power Governments Cannot Suppress
Howard Zinn

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Howard Zinn is a genius. A Power Governments Cannot Suppress will be the most enlightening and powerful thing that I will read all year. The majority of the book is made up of columns that Zinn wrote for Progressive over the past few years. Overall, this collection is the perfect companion to his best selling work, A People’s History of the United States. Zinn has penned insightful essays about the US’s occupation in Iraq, immigration laws, the importance of dispelling the myth of WWII as a “good war” (because lets face it, everything about war is inherently bad) and most of all he pushes readers to question what they have been taught all of their lives. This is a must read for anyone struggling to right the wrong that they see in this post-9/11 world. Zinn sums it up best when he says, “small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power than can transform the world.” Brilliant. –Jeanette Moses