|Plot Summary of You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train|
|"In a tidy autobiography, the emeritus professor of political science and celebrated author of _A People's History of the United States_ tells the story of his life in terms of the big issues he engaged with other colorful activists: civil rights, the Vietnam War, labor and social justice. The son of poor working-class immigrants in Brooklyn, Zinn worked in the shipyards, became a bombardier in a B-17 during the Second World War, and then went to court and jail many times in the struggles of the 1960s and 70s. There are terrific stories about the heroes (such as Daniel Berrigan) and villains (Sheriff Cull Campbell of Albany, Georgia; dictatorial Boston University president John Silber) of these controversies. The thread that runs through all these stories is how a few common people can make a difference in history if they put their mind to it and work together."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train|
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Political/social rights fight
- fighting for social change
- minorities fighting for rights
- union leaders fighting for labor rights
- fighting for free speech/press
- fights between different pol/social groups
- fighting discrim. (other than racial/gender)
- story of lower class
If this is a culture clash:
- minority culture living in majority area
War/Cloak & Dagger story?
- Fought as soldier
Subject of Biography
- long lived adults
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
- Deep South
- Southeast Asia
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
Commentary on society?
- justice system
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 0-25% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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