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Howard Zinn is the Fox Mulder of the history profession. A revolutionary for almost 40 years, he joined the Communist Party in his late teens and, later, the equal rights and student protest movements. Like the special agent, Zinn distrusts the government and the military-industrial-entertainment complex, both of which, he believes, control the content of written history. For Zinn, and a cadre of like-minded historians, the goal has been to reclaim and redirect the force of history toward social and political change. His latest publication, The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy, is a compilation of his activist scholarship. Although this book does unveil many untruths about American morality and social justice, its often self-congratulatory and incendiary tone is at odds with his efforts to establish any kind of “new” history. Alas, the truth about our past is still out there. At 2:30 p.m. at Vertigo Books, 1337 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 429-9272. (Anthony Keats)