A People's History of American Empire

A People's History of American Empire

A Graphic Adaptation

Book - 2008
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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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Metropolitan Books, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780805087444
Branch Call Number: 973 ZIN
Characteristics: x, 273 pages : chiefly illustrations, maps ; 28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Buhle, Paul 1944-
Konopacki, Mike


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Sep 11, 2017

I read the text version in high school, this graphic novel is a faithful representation of a must-read tome.

Cynthia_N Apr 05, 2017

There are two sides to every story including historical ones. There's what I learned in school which is one end of the spectrum and there are the stories told in this book which are the other end of the spectrum. The truth is found somewhere in the middle but even somewhere in the middle tells me that I need to pay more attention to what is happening in the world around me! A controversial book that might offend quite a few people but a very worthwhile read and thank goodness it is in graphic novel format because I don't think I would ever tackle the regular version!

Feb 21, 2012

many of the truths of american history are revealed in this book. some events have important details/controversies left out but overall an informative, easy read. too bad it still contains racist slurs :(

murrayhill Oct 08, 2011

easy way to grasp the American history you might not have learned in grade school.

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