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The Plot: The Secret Story of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (2005)

by Will Eisner

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Brilliant! ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
pre-read note: per petra, good to read with [b:The Prague Cemetery|10314376|The Prague Cemetery|Umberto Eco|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1327902035s/10314376.jpg|14511050]
  Booktrovert | Sep 20, 2013 |
A graphic-novel history of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, that terrible anti-Semitic pamphlet dreamed up by reactionary Russians at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries, The Plot attempts to uncover why such a document has been so frequently published and used, when its status as a forgery had been demonstrated again and again.

I know very little of comic books and graphic art, so the name Will Eisner does not have that magical ring for me, that it apparently has for some others, and I approached this book with no preconceived idea of the author/artist's skill. Judged solely on its merits as a story, I found The Plot to be an engaging narrative, up until the final section, in which passages from the Protocols and the earlier French work from which it was largely copied - Dialogues in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquieu - were presented side by side. While I can certainly understand why Eisner would choose to present these passages for the reader to compare (the Protocols seem lifted almost in their entirety), page after page of direct quotes felt like a rather obvious and cumbersome device, and interrupted the flow of the story.

That small criticism aside, I found this book to be both enlightening and disheartening, and can only applaud the author's attempt to present the truth to the world in such an accessible format. I know that I will be thinking of it for some time, wondering at the seeming indestructibility of anti-Semitism, and the ability of fiction to trump fact... ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jul 1, 2013 |
Eisner leads you through the history of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a hate filled document whose echoes are still felt by Jewish people throughout the world. It says a lot about creating smoke so that people believe a fire is behind it and about how it's hard to unsay something.

The Protocols cannot be underestimated and they come up regularly. Their persistence is scary but it teaches us a lot about how sometimes things can be accepted unthinkingly by people and how we really need to teach critical thinking in a better manner for our children.

It also made me wonder what other "facts" we have unthinkingly accepted ( )
2 vote wyvernfriend | Feb 26, 2013 |
"modern anti-semitism - Great way to teach about propaganda and outright lies in written material - this is about the Protocols of Zion."
  knitter_mom | Dec 16, 2012 |
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A work more disturbing than fiction from "the father of graphic novels" (The New York Times). "The ultimate illustration of how absurdly comical and cancerous The Protocols has been to mankind."–Thane Rosenbaum, Los Angeles Times Book Review

The Plot, which examines the astonishing conspiracy and the fabrication of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, has become a worldwide phenomenon since its hardcover publication, taught in classrooms around the globe. Purported to be the actual blueprints by Jewish leaders to take over the world, the Protocols, first published in 1902, have become gospel truth to international millions. Presenting a pageant of historical figures from nineteenth-century Russia to today's ideologues, including Tsar Nicholas II, Henry Ford, and Adolf Hitler, Will Eisner unravels and dispels one of the most devastating hoaxes of the twentieth century.

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"Completing The Plot in the last month of his life, Will Eisner tackled what he regarded as his most powerful work. Deeply disturbed that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which purports to be the actual blueprint by Jewish leaders to take over the world, continued to be published and disseminated to millions of people around the globe, Eisner hoped that his own graphic account of this outrageous fabrication could reach a mass audience in a way that no academic work possibly could." "In presenting this history, Eisner takes the reader on a journey that begins in late nineteenth-century Paris, where an agent of the Russian secret police stumbles upon an old French philosophical work, which he plagiarizes, often word for word, creating a new document that seeks to implicate Jewish leaders and bankers in a plot to take over the world. Thus hatched as an antisemitic scheme to deflect widespread criticism of the tsar's repressive government, the Protocols was first published in Russia in 1905." "In time, as World War I engulfed both Russia and most of the Western world in a deadly conflagration, the lie became an internationally accepted truth. Not even the venerable Times of London, which exposed the Protocols as a crude hoax in 1921, could put a stop to the publications, which soon sprang up in dozens of countries." "Presenting a pageant of historical figures that includes, among many others, Tsar Nicholas II, Adolf Hitler, and Henry Ford, Eisner powerfully depicts the rise of modern antisemitic thought as seen through the spread of the Protocols itself. Written during the height of the Dreyfus Affair, which bitterly divided turn-of-the-century France, the Protocols, as Eisner reveals, was quickly adopted by numerous racist organizations, parties, and religions, be it the Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, or Islamic fundamentalists. Yet, despite periodic denunciations and new French revelations, the Protocols continues to be published throughout the Arab, Asian and European worlds." "Will Eisner died before he could gauge whether his own graphic narrative would have a corrective effect that all previous accounts have lacked. It was his hope that this final work would "drive yet another nail into the coffin of this terrifying vampire-like fraud.""--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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