Howard Zinn's book, A People's History of the United States
, changed the way many people think about American history. His way of looking at things from the ground up resonated with Kurt Vonnegut, who was an admirer. That feeling was mutual. Zinn agreed to serve as an Honorary Member of the fledgling Kurt Vonnnegut Memorial Library Board. Zinn, who suffered a heart attack while traveling in California, was 87.