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Works by Jonathan Hennessey


Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Hennessey, Jonathan
Other names
Massachusetts, USA
Places of residence
Los Angeles, California, USA
Short biography
Jonathan Hennessey is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. His muse is American History.

Jonathan became a "born again" devotee of history during a cross country bicycle trip in 1995, when he and a friend found themselves inadvertently tracing a route of important John Brown sites such as Harper's Ferry, WV, Sharpsburg, MD, and North Elba, NY. He thought he'd had a workable Civil War education up until that point. But just a nickel's worth of further research uncovered how little he really understood. He does not expect to be able to complete his education in this lifetime.

Jonathan is howlingly untalented at drawing yet swoons in the presence of great illustration. His only hope to work in the graphic novel format was to find some way to make someone who could actually draw perform reasonably close to his bidding.  He is a longtime collaborator with Aaron McConnell

In addition to writing, Hennessey has worked in production and development in the film and television industry. He has appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show and guest-blogged for the National Constitution Society. Jonathan was born on a U.S. Army base in Massachusetts, grew up in New England, and currently lives with his wife and family in California. [adapted from Amazon.com Author Page, retrieved 10/20/2014]



A great concept with uninspired execution. It starts off with a lot of energy and good insight into the creation of the document, but once it gets into the nitty-gritty of articles and amendments, it can't transcend the drudgery of reading the real thing.
Byakhee | 8 other reviews | Feb 21, 2024 |
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
fernandie | 7 other reviews | Sep 15, 2022 |
Comic and 18th/19th century language do not mix easily -- the result is in part an interesting biography of Hamilton, with added commentary of economic and political developments during his life, but it is also in part a simplistic view of what happened because of the limitations of one sentence per picture. However, I found it a quick and easy introduction into this particular life.
WiebkeK | 4 other reviews | Jan 21, 2021 |
The book is presented in a retro comic art style (think Jack Kirby or newspaper comic strips) with semi-chronological order. I say semi because it takes priority of concepts and people over time frames. So be prepared to jump back and forth in time. The book focuses on the story of technological development behind video games (consoles, computers, corporate wars), not on video game titles over time. Some games are mentioned but not analyzed and definitely not the main focus.

Technology in general has always fascinated me, but more so, what kind of people are behind all the technological inventions that are now part of my everyday life. Well, I loved this book because it narrates just that, the human side of how things came to be in the evolution of video games; their desires, influences and choices. It is packed with historical facts about the early days of video games; all the way from the creation of the cathode ray tube (CTR) to Minecraft.

I think the drawing style adds up to the nostalgia feeling, something older generations would surely appreciate. Which takes me to the next point: if you belong to generation X (born 60's to early 80's) or don't mind figuring things out as you go, start reading without further ado. If you were born later than that, there are high chances you will miss some jokes and historical references (Do you know what I am talking about if I mention free AOL cds? no? then you fit this category). You can still understand the main idea from each panel, but you will be missing out part of the fun.

This is an enjoyable read, something that could suit a coffee table or be a good gift for gamers who don't know how their hobby came to be. This is not a reference book or historical source so i wouldn't recommend it for learning as the main purpose or else you might get disappointed (and confused). If you want to enjoy reading this book, take your time to look at the illustrations, research further, reflect and be ready to hunt for some game related easter eggs!. I got my eARC from Netgalley

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Miss_Honeybug | 7 other reviews | May 3, 2020 |



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