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A People's History of American Empire

by Howard Zinn, Paul Buhle, Mike Konopacki

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At one time I thought that graphic novels or graphic adaptations were rather childish and not true literature. This is the third one I have read and it is the best. It was very powerful and thought provoking. I think that the illustrations made an even more powerful statement than the written word. This book tells the history of the American Empire, but more from the point of view of the losers rather than the winners. It gives the "behind the scene" story of many of the wars and conflicts the United States has engaged in, beginning with some of the Native American conflicts and going up to the Iraq War. This is not your grade school or even your college history text book. It is not light reading, even in this format. It is a book I would highly recommend to anyone who is seeking "the rest of the story" regarding American history. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
Howard Zinn, as always, sees history from the point of view of people, not nations.

From the point of view of a nation, conquest is good, and war is strategic. From the point of view of individual people, not so much. He makes this clear.

I would like to teach from this book but will have to dance a very nimble dance not to seem like a crazy hippie. Zinn doesn't make up his facts, but they are the ones that school textbooks tend to gloss over.
  JuliaMira | Feb 25, 2015 |
A great tool for teachers to help explain the history of the US in a fun but very informative way. ( )
  Zissou54 | Apr 23, 2014 |
This book is graphic novel version of Howard Zinn's popular history book 'A People's History of United States'. What the graphic novel format, I believe does is, increase the reach of this book by making it simple and more readable. It is concise history, should you want more - go dig stuff (details,evidence etc) from library. In that, it is successful and very much an eye opener.

When I picked the book, I believed it be a congratulatory, celebratory account of 'great, ancient' history of America. I couldn't be more wrong. The book traces all the moments in history when United States' domestic and foreign policy was contradictory to the principles of democracy it so popularly claims to enshrine. It talks of times of class difference, gender discrimination when women didn't have rights to even vote and slavery at home. It tells story of leaders of the times fighting these issues and how reining US governments tried to suppress them with their military/intelligence tools.

It soon moves on discuss foreign policies - how US intervened into internal affairs of other countries for 'National' and material gain - Cuba, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan. It not only mentions all brutal massacres conducted by US around the world, but also tells the story of those heroes/good guys with out any romanticizing.

The artwork is black and white with different techniques - sketches, collage, shades and photographs with tinch of humor in graphics. There's one about President Ronald Reagen lying in a conference - his nose of Pinocchio. I have always liked such creative rambling of art, it always is intriguing.
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  poonamsharma | Apr 6, 2013 |
Graphic Novel: Zinn, Howard. A people’s history of American empire a graphic adaptation. New York: Metropolitan Books, 2008.

Characters: Black Elk (Native American), Big Foot, J.P Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, Teddy Roosevelt, Felipe Agoncillo, George Dewey, W.E.B. Du Bois,Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Harry Truman, Martin Luther King Jr., H. Rap Brown, Ronald Reagan, Mohammad Mossadegh,Dwight D. Eisenhower, Osama Bin Laden,
Setting: United States, Europe, Philippines, and Japan.
Theme: Expansion of the American Empire
Genre: realistic, history
Summary: This graphic novel discusses the reigns of the American empire. It also follows the author’s own story and how he became a leading historian. It begins by exploring the imperial empire of the United States and the impact of the massacre at Wounded Knee, the Pullman Strike and our Open Door Policy. The novel explains the role of America in the Cuban Revolution, invasion of the Philippines, World War I, World War II, Civil Right movement, and the Cold War.
Audience: Middle school, high school, and adults
Curriculum ties: U. S. History and World History
Personal response: This graphic novel would be an ideal supplemental reading for students learning about American history and world history. Although, interesting it provided little detail for a reader who lacks background knowledge on the issues discussed. I like that the novel used actual pictures and the characters resembled the historical figures discussed. ( )
  MarieCasillas | Feb 20, 2013 |
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The comic book form is a great way of delivering this message, the spreads mix text, cartoons, reproductions of historical documents and photos, making the whole thing visual, dynamic, and absolutely captivating.
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I was stunned to discover that I couldn’t force myself past the second chapter. It’s much too hectoring and didactic, even to those already inclined to be interested in reading a “greatest hits of America’s sins”.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805087443, Paperback)

Adapted from the bestselling grassroots history of the United States, the story of America in the world, told in comics form

Since its landmark publication in 1980, A People’s History of the United States has had six new editions, sold more than 1.7 million copies, become required classroom reading throughout the country, and been turned into an acclaimed play. More than a successful book, A People’s History triggered a revolution in the way history is told, displacing the official versions with their emphasis on great men in high places to chronicle events as they were lived, from the bottom up.

Now Howard Zinn, historian Paul Buhle, and cartoonist Mike Konopacki have collaborated to retell, in vibrant comics form, a most immediate and relevant chapter of A People’s History: the centuries-long story of America’s actions in the world. Narrated by Zinn, this version opens with the events of 9/11 and then jumps back to explore the cycles of U.S. expansionism from Wounded Knee to Iraq, stopping along the way at World War I, Central America, Vietnam, and the Iranian revolution. The book also follows the story of Zinn, the son of poor Jewish immigrants, from his childhood in the Brooklyn slums to his role as one of America’s leading historians.

Shifting from world-shattering events to one family’s small revolutions, A People’s History of American Empire presents the classic ground-level history of America in a dazzling new form.

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Adapted from the critically acclaimed chronicle of U.S. history, a study of American expansionism around the world is told from a grassroots perspective and provides an analysis of important events from Wounded Knee to Iraq.

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