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The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks
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The Harlem Hellfighters

by Max Brooks

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In graphic novel form, Max Brooks (curiously enough, the son of filmmaker Mel Brooks) tells the oft-overlooked story of 369th Infantry Regiment of the New York Army National Guard. The largely African-American infantry regiment was among the first American troops to be sent to the front lines in France in 1919 during World War I, where they became known for their toughness and valor and earned their nickname "The Harlem Hellfighters" from their German opponents. It's an interesting story although Brooks relies on a familiar story of racial discrimination at home and the horrors of war abroad. While the story is told from the point of view of a soldier named Mark, there isn't much to distinguish the characters and personalize the story. White's illustrations seem to revel in depictions of gore that would fit in with The Walking Dead, but it's actually difficult to distinguish the characters - black, white, French, and German - from one another. One nice touch is that Brooks includes fragments of contemporary songs and poems to accompany scenes of the war. It's very cinematic, in fact, which is not surprising since Brooks originally intended to write a screenplay. The graphic novel has it's flaws but overall it's a good introduction to the story of the Harlem Hellfighters. ( )
  Othemts | Oct 9, 2017 |
Awesome! And very inspirational. A must read for all Americans. ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 4, 2015 |
Awesome! And very inspirational. A must read for all Americans. ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 4, 2015 |
Awesome! And very inspirational. A must read for all Americans. ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 3, 2015 |
Awesome! And very inspirational. A must read for all Americans. ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 3, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307464970, Paperback)

From bestselling author Max Brooks, the riveting story of the highly decorated, barrier-breaking, historic black regiment—the Harlem Hellfighters

THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS is a fictionalized account of the 369th Infantry Regiment—the first African American regiment mustered to fight in World War I. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France, bestselling author Max Brooks tells the thrilling story of the heroic journey that these soldiers undertook for a chance to fight for America. Despite extraordinary struggles and discrimination, the 369th became one of the most successful—and least celebrated—regiments of the war. The Harlem Hellfighters, as their enemies named them, spent longer than any other American unit in combat and displayed extraordinary valor on the battlefield. Based on true events and featuring artwork from acclaimed illustrator Caanan White, these pages deliver an action-packed and powerful story of courage, honor, and heart.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:58:20 -0400)

"This is a graphic novel about the first African-American regiment to fight in World War One"--

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