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Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of…

by Stan Mack

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Summary: This book is pretty much what it says on the cover: a history of the American Revolution in comics. It starts with the growing colonial unrest in the 1760s, and the causes behind that, moves through the fighting in the 1770s, and then looks at the aftermath of the war and the founding of the new country.

Review: This book isn't exactly a graphic novel. (Well, it's non-fiction, so definitely not a novel, but it's not even the same as most other non-fiction comics I've read.) It's actually more like an extensively illustrated book: there's a fair amount of (hand-lettered, not typeset) text on each page, each sentence accompanied by an panel or two of illustration with maybe a little bit of dialogue. However, all of the narrative is coming from the text, not from the artwork or the characters. This was actually probably pretty helpful, since the artwork is not super detailed, and the characters are more caricatures than realistic, which occasionally made them hard to tell apart. The main thing that this book does well is presenting the reader with a concise and chronological summary of the major events leading up to (and following) the Revolutionary War. However, the very conciseness of it made it difficult for me to really get a big-picture feeling for the whole thing. I also appreciated that Mack tried to incorporate a variety of perspectives on things, not just the "famous rich white men" angle, but again, a lot of the nuance was lost due to the short format. And, while I recognize that this is an personal bias and also unfair given the publication date... there's not nearly enough Hamilton! 3 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Good as a quick refresher for those of us for whom history class was a long time ago, but I didn't think it brought enough of a unique perspective to really recommend seeking it out. ( )
  fyrefly98 | Jul 22, 2016 |
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Welcome to the conflicts, follies, perils, and triumphs of the Revolutionary era.
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"In his irreverent-- but thoroughly researched and accurate-- comics history, Mack brings to life the loud, contentious, and messy process that birthed the United States of America. Along the way, he may knock a Founding Father or two off his pedestal, and readers may discover a few parallels to the chaotic political scene we find ourselves in today" -- from publisher's web site.… (more)

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