Notable Newtonians: Celebrities from Newton
"You want a real history book, read Howard Zinn's 'People's History of the United States,' " said Matt Damon's character in "Good Will Hunting."
Damon actually grew up in Newton next door to Zinn, the Boston University historian, author, and political activist.
Zinn (seen with actor Josh Brolin) wrote more than 20 books about the country's civil rights and antiwar movements. He died in 2010.