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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.

Review:

"At the heart of this wide-ranging comics indictment of American Empire are the terrific human stories of those who have resisted — including wonderful autobiographical episodes from author Howard Zinn's own courageous and inspiring life." Joe Sacco, author of Safe Area Gorazde and Palestine

Review:

"[I]mpressively ambitious, if scattered....An overly episodic but nonetheless powerful teaching tool for the next generation of anti-imperialist activists." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Ingenious in its conception and brilliant in execution, this comics version of Howard Zinn's classic history breathes new life into the stories of people who never thought their stories would be told. It is urgently necessary for our times: read this book and see how to raise your voice against all the forces that would drown you out. A modern activist's primer!" Ben Affleck

Review:

"[A] crushing disappointment...a smart list of criticisms of American foreign policy presented in hamfisted fashion....The lingering feeling I had leaving this pulp lecture hall was less a critical view of American history than a deeper admiration for Larry Gonick." The Comics Reporter

Synopsis:

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 Peoples 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 Peoples 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 Peoples History: the centuries-long story of Americas 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 Americas leading historians.

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

About the Author

Howard Zinn, author of numerous acclaimed histories, taught history at Spelman College and Boston University, and has received the Lannan Literary Award, among many others. A People's History of the United States was a finalist for the 1980 National Book Award. He lives in Massachusetts.

Mike Konopacki has collaborated on five collections of cartoons, and his work is regularly syndicated. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Paul Buhle is a senior lecturer in history at Brown University and the editor of the Encyclopedia of the American Left, among other books. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805077797
Publisher:
Metropolitan Books
Subject:
United States - General
Illustrator:
Konopacki, Mike
Author:
Zinn, Howard
Author:
E
Author:
Buhle, Paul
Author:
Buhl, Paul
Author:
Konopacki, Mike
Subject:
Educational
Subject:
Imperialism
Subject:
History
Subject:
Nonfiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
United States Foreign relations.
Subject:
United States Social conditions.
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Nonfiction
Subject:
Social history
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
American Empire Project
Publication Date:
April 1, 2008
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes black-and-white illustrated pag
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
11.00 x 8.50 in

Related Subjects

» Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » Nonfiction
» History and Social Science » US History » General
» History and Social Science » US History » Reference

A People's History of American Empire: A Graphic Adaptation
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Product details 288 pages Metropolitan Books - English 9780805077797 Reviews:
"Review" by , "At the heart of this wide-ranging comics indictment of American Empire are the terrific human stories of those who have resisted — including wonderful autobiographical episodes from author Howard Zinn's own courageous and inspiring life."
"Review" by , "[I]mpressively ambitious, if scattered....An overly episodic but nonetheless powerful teaching tool for the next generation of anti-imperialist activists."
"Review" by , "Ingenious in its conception and brilliant in execution, this comics version of Howard Zinn's classic history breathes new life into the stories of people who never thought their stories would be told. It is urgently necessary for our times: read this book and see how to raise your voice against all the forces that would drown you out. A modern activist's primer!"
"Review" by , "[A] crushing disappointment...a smart list of criticisms of American foreign policy presented in hamfisted fashion....The lingering feeling I had leaving this pulp lecture hall was less a critical view of American history than a deeper admiration for Larry Gonick."
"Synopsis" by , 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 Peoples 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 Peoples 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 Peoples History: the centuries-long story of Americas 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 Americas leading historians.

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

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