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A People's History of American Empire Hardcover – Apr 2008

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  • Hardcover: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books; Gph edition (April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805077790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805077797
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 2.7 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,918,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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""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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Adapted from the best-selling grassroots history of the United States, the story of America in the world, told through comic-strips --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Turner on 9 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a superb introduction to American foreign and domestic policy in the twentieth century. It outlines some quite disturbing events, which should not be forgotten. Its real strength is putting current American politics into perspective. Core ideologies have not changed for many years, so we should question what real difference the election process makes and whether any president is truly benign. It is an enganing story, told with warmth and clarity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav on 9 Dec. 2013
Format: Paperback
"A People's History of American Empire" is a fantastic comic-book adaptation of "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn for many readers one of the best critical history of United States from 1492 until these days.

The comic book as a form is a great way to deliver a message, combining text, cartoons, photos and history documents making it dynamic and really interesting. For 2008 edition author is accompanied by historian editor Paul Buhle and book was illustrated by Mike Konopacki.

History of American Empire focuses on the history of American foreign policy, starting with the policy of brutal conquering of today's America. The final stages of the subjugation of the Sioux are pictured, slavery and Mexican campaign, Cuba's revolution against Spain, the labor movement, both World Wars and conflicts of the 20th century. Author in his uncompromising way, fearlessly criticize the imperial history of United States, the crimes committed by military all around the world but also creates a picture of the collaboration between industry and the government generating or protecting profits at the expense of lives. The military services privatization is also becoming doubtful over the last conflicts United States participated - exclusive contracts arrangements as a reason for war sound much more horrible than usual reason, Middle Eastern resources.

The book can be also seen as author's memoir, describing his emotional commitment to democracy and his beloved country that led him to join the military and fight in World War II in Europe, resulting in his loss of ideals when bomb dropped on a French village, killing surrendered German soldiers who were waiting for departure into prisoner camp.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zeeshan Hasan on 28 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
Zinn's outstanding work, People's History Of The United States, is unfortunately just too big for casual reading. However, this wonderfully done abbreviation of it in comic-book form is perfect for any school-goer or adult looking for something enlightening to read on the train.
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