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The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptationby Ernie Colon and Sid Jacobson
Synopses & Reviews
The 9/11 Report for every American. On December 5, 2005, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report card on the government's fulfillment of the recommendations issued in July 2004: one A, twelve Bs, nine Cs, twelve Ds, three Fs, and four incompletes. Here is stunning evidence that Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón, with more than sixty years of experience in the comic-book industry between them, were right: far, far too few Americans have read, grasped, and demanded action on the Commission's investigation into the events of that tragic day and the lessons America must learn.
Using every skill and storytelling method Jacobson and Colón have learned over the decades, they have produced the most accessible version of the 9/11 Report. Jacobson's text frequently follows word for word the original report, faithfully captures its investigative thoroughness, and covers its entire scope, even including the Commission's final report card. Colón’s stunning artwork powerfully conveys the facts, insights, and urgency of the original. Published on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, an event that has left no aspect of American foreign or domestic policy untouched, The 9/11 Report puts at every American's fingertips the most defining event of the century.
"All told, a thoughtful — and by no means dumbed-down-approach to events still very current." Kirkus Reviews
"Though everyone who worked on this comic (medium, not tone) version deserves credit for working to democratize a text that is as important as it is dense, the effort ultimately falls flat...." Denver Post
"Jacobson and Colon's treatment is laudable. Their 'graphic adaptation' of a dry, wordy document...is sure to reach many who never checked out the original....
"The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation manages at once to be accessible and intelligent, and marks an important publishing experiment." Houston Chronicle
New York Times bestseller
Stimulus plans: good or bad? Free markets: How free are they? Jobs: Can we afford them? Occupy Wall Street . . . worldwide!
Everybodyandrsquo;s talking about the economy, but how can we, the people, understand what Wall Street or Washington knowsandmdash;or say they know? Read Economix.
With clear, witty writing and quirky, accessible art, this important and timely graphic novel transforms andldquo;the dismal scienceandrdquo; of economics into a fun, fact-filled story about human nature and our attempts to make the most of what weandrsquo;ve got . . . and sometimes what our neighbors have got. Economix explains it all, from the beginning of Western economic thought, to markets free and otherwise, to economic failures, successes, limitations, and future possibilities. Itandrsquo;s the essential, accessible guide to understanding the economy and economic practices. A must-read for every citizen and every voter.
PRAISE FOR ECONOMIX
andldquo;Goodwin brilliantly contextualizes economic theories with historical narrative, while Burrandrsquo;s simple but elegant illustration employs classical techniques like caricaturing politicians and symbolizing big businesses (as a gleeful factory) to help the reader visualize difficult concepts.andrdquo; andmdash;Publishers Weekly, starred review
andldquo;[Economix] brings a lively visual sensibility to this intensely abstruse subject matter without condescending to the reader or dumbing the ideas down.andrdquo; andmdash;MotherJones.com
andldquo;Flat-out awesome!andrdquo; andmdash;Wired.com
andldquo;This witty and elegant volume takes on a number of complex issuesandmdash;in this case, economics, history and financeandmdash;and makes them comprehensible for mere mortals.andrdquo; andmdash;Miami Herald
andldquo;After reading Economix I felt like I understood many fundamental aspects about the way the world works that I had been too lazy to learn about before . . . Economix is a book Iandrsquo;m going to buy and give to people.andrdquo; andmdash;Boing Boing
andldquo;Having never taken economics in college, I find the world of high finance needlessly complicated and confusing. Thankfully Michael Goodwin saw the need for a basic primary on how the economy currently works and how we got here. A text like this would certainly help high school and college students gain their first taste of financial literacy and it comes recommended for the rest of us.andrdquo; andmdash;ComicMix.com
andldquo;Just when the world seems to have fallen apart thanks to the economy, Goodwin and Burrandrsquo;s Economix comes along to give us some understanding of the immense, yet still andlsquo;delicate machineandrsquo; that controls our world so that we can be the rulers with our votes and not the uninformed (or disinformed) ruled.andrdquo; andmdash;BigThink.com
andldquo;Michael Goodwin hasnandrsquo;t just written a great graphic novelandmdash;heandrsquo;s written one that should be required for every school, newsroom and library in the United States.andrdquo; andmdash;Minneapolis Star Tribune
andldquo;Itandrsquo;s simply phenomenal. You could read ten books on the subject and not glean as much information.andrdquo;
andmdash; David Bach founder of FinishRich Media; author of nine New York Times bestsellers, including Debt Free for Life and The Automatic Millionaire
andldquo;Goodwin has done the seemingly impossibleandmdash;he has made economics comprehensible and funny.andrdquo;
andmdash; Joel Bakan, author of The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
andldquo;An amazing lesson in true-world economics! Delightfully presented, powerful, insightful, and important information! What a fun way to fathom a deep and often dark subject!andrdquo;
andmdash; John Perkins, author of Hoodwinked and the New York Times bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
andldquo;Smart, insightful, clear, and as close to the truth as economics can get. The bonus: Who would have guessed that economics could be fun, andandmdash;hereand#39;s the joyandmdash;really accessible? Goodwin roots us in history and fills us with common sense understanding. As he puts it early on, economics seems horribly complicated mostly because weand#39;re looking at it all at once. Broken down into its component pieces, itand#39;s relatively easy to understand. And a good understanding of economics is critical to maneuvering in the world today. If I were compiling a list of the 100 most important books you can read in a lifetime, this would be on it.andrdquo;
andmdash;Stephen Petranek, editor-in-chief, Weider History magazines, former editor-in-chief of Discover magazine
andldquo;Through a potent mix of comics and punchy, concise, accessible prose, Goodwin takes us on a provocative, exhaustively researched, and exceedingly engaging trip through our history and present day, creating an alternately hilarious and scary picture of where we are today as an economyandmdash; and what it all means. More than that, Goodwin makes the arcane, understandable. If your mind either spins or slumbers at the thought of economics, read Goodwinand#39;s Economix and all will become clear.
andmdash;Nomi Prins, author of It Takes a Pillage: An Epic Tale of Power, Deceit, and Untold Trillions
andldquo;Economix is a lively, cheerfully opinionated romp through the historical and intellectual foundations of our current economy and our current economic problems. Goodwin has a knack for distilling complex ideas and events in ways that invite the reader to follow the big picture without losing track of what actually happened. Any reader wondering how our economy got to where it is today will find this a refreshing overview.andrdquo;
andmdash;Timothy W. Guinnane, Philip Golden Bartlett Professor of Economic History, Yale University
Within days of the murder of President John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson appointed a seven-member commission to investigate the assassination. In its report, the Warren Commission determined that there was andldquo;no credible evidenceandrdquo; conflicting with its conclusion of a lone gunman. Artist Ernie Colandoacute;n, bestselling illustrator of The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation, teams up with author Dan Mishkin to provide a unique means of testing the commissionandrsquo;s findings, unraveling conflicting narratives side by side through graphic-novel techniques. The Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination breaks down how decisions in the days that followed the assassination not only shaped how the commission reconstructed events but also helped foster the conspiracy theories that play a part in American politics to this day.
About the Author
Sid Jacobson was the managing editor and editor in chief for Harvey Comics, where he created Richie Rich, and executive editor at Marvel Comics.
The artist, Ernie Colón, has worked at Harvey, Marvel, and DC Comics. At DC, he oversaw the production of Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Blackhawk, and the Flash; at Marvel, Spider-Man.
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