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The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part 2: From the Bastille to Baghdad: Pt. 2 [Paperback]

Larry Gonick
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1 Oct 2009 Cartoon History of the Modern World

“From the Bastille to Baghdad,” The Cartoon History of the World Part 2 is the conclusion (for the moment) of Larry Gonick’s award-winning and bestselling annals of humankind presented in graphic novel form. Picking up after the American Revolution, where Part 1 left off, Part 2 opens with the Enlightenment and rolls across Napoleon, the fall of the Ottoman Empire, World War I and II, and all the way to our recent imbroglios in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part 2 is a monumental, one might say “historic” achievement, at once edifying, irreverent, and wildly entertaining. Terry Jones of Monty Python said of the first volume of this series, Obviously one of the great books of all time.” And modern civilization’s most recent act is no less enthralling.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Original edition (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060760087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060760083
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Full of facts and wisdom, horror and humor….Gonick’s one-two punch of pictures and words isn’t just a gimmick; it makes it much easier to remember the facts of history. If we really wanted kids (or adults!) to learn history, we’d throw away our textbooks, and teach Gonick.” (Bryan Caplan, The Library of Economics and Liberty EconLog)

“With limber pen and nimble mind, Larry Gonick completes a cartoon journey that started at the dawn of time. Brisk, informative, and hilarious, The Cartoon History Of The Modern World fills us in on exactly how we got so screwed up on a global scale.” (K. Thor Jensen, author of Red Eye, Black Eye)

“Like any good historian, Larry Gonick seasons his facts with a good dose of perspective, and like any good cartoonist, he mixes his drama with a good dose of humor.” (Jeffrey Brown, author of Clumsy and Funny Misshapen Body)

“Gonick makes history fun for comic book nerds and comics readable for history nerds. If you’ve ever looked around this modern world and wondered how we got into this mess, it’s time to curl up with his latest book. You won’t even realize you’re learning—histo-tainment at its best.” (Alex Robinson, Eisner Award winner and author of Box Office Poison)

“Lively cartooning and pretension-puncturing wit.” (Booklist)

“The final installment of Gonick’s deeply funny and impeccably researched series has finally arrived... Brilliantly funny, the series finds the inherent humor in history...” (Publishers Weekly)

“Funny, informative, and comprehensive, Gonick’s history concludes with this second volume. His unique wit, sense of irony, and passion for humanity’s complex story of triumphs, compromises, and disasters are as evident here as they are in his previous books... An insightful review of history.” (School Library Journal)

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From celebrated artist Lary Gonick, here is the extraordinary story of the modernworld, from the French Revolution to today.

More than thirty years ago, master cartoonist and historian Larry Gonick began the epic task of creating a smart, accurate, and entertaining illustrated history of the world. In this, the fifth and final book of this beloved and critically acclaimed series, Gonick finally brings us up to the modern day.

The Cartoon History of the Modern World, Part II picks up at the Enlightenment; continues through two and a half centuries of revolution, social and economic innovation, nationalism, colonialism, scientific progress, and the abolition of slavery; and concludes in the early twenty-first century with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Essentially a college-level course in modern world history, with equal attention given to every area of the globe, Gonick's witty and engaging pages bring the past to life and put a brilliant new spin on our world. Whether you are a longtime fan or a first-time reader, this thrilling conclusion of our civilization's monumental story is not to be missed!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how to learn a lot quickly 26 Mar 2010
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I could never read a "real history book".
Gonick's style in this (and other similar) book, enables one to get a rapid grasp of the sequence of events and an amusing account of what happened, from an apparently pretty unbiased viewpoint. Anyone then who was really interested in a particular epoch could then buy a "more serious" book, to get more detail. Simply excellent, and great value.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent 29 April 2014
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I have most of the history books. Easy way to cover large volumes of stuff and very funny in places
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Stimulating 12 July 2013
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This is a very enjoyable look at how our world came to be. Obviously much has to be skimmed over to fit it in, but i still found things that were new to me.
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By Matt B
I have all Larry Gonick's cartoon history books. Being a lover of history and with a History academic background I also read 'proper' history books. But... these books are cool.

A bit like A Short History of the World (Penguin Classics), these books give you a quick overview of a period in history which either puts it in perspective or urges you to read more in depth works.

These were my daughter's first history books, accessible because they are cartoons and complementing her Horrible Histories collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gonick finishes his 30-year masterpiece 8 Oct 2009
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I first read Gonick's original volume of this series - The Cartoon History of the Universe Volume 1 - back in the early 90's as a teenager. Since then I have kept up with each of the new volumes, so it was with both great excitement and a little sadness that I finally cracked open this final volume.

This volume does not disappoint. Gonick keeps up the fast paced run through of history that we have come to expect in the books, covering from the 1700's all the way through 9/11 and today.

Finally getting up to a century that I know well - the one we were all born in - it was interesting reading his take on events that I actually knew in great detail. There were a few things that I was bummed were left out - though planes start appearing in panels, the beginnings of flight are not covered. While Sputnik is mentioned and ICBMs, the space race is not covered. However, knowing Gonick's work as well as I do, I know this wasn't due to any ignorance or forgetfulness on the author's part - he simply could not put everything in.

As I said before, fans can rejoice because this volume is no different than the others. It is more of the same wonderful history and cartoons fans have come to expect.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another entertaining, educational gem... 16 Oct 2009
By Deygan Brendan - Published on
The only thing I found disappointing about this final volume in Gonick's classic Cartoon Histories was the fact that it he hadn't made it a couple hundred pages longer by being more detailed about certain periods - but that only emphasizes how much fun these books are to read.
Another brilliantly-written and drawn chronicle that you'll want to read again and again over time.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure as Always 9 Oct 2009
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I've probably read Gonick's "Cartoon History" series at least a dozen times now. It's a brilliant refresher on the history of our world. It's straight forward, entertaining and informative. The ONLY complaint I could levy at Mr. Gonick's work is that the last few pages seemed rushed. I feel that his modern world series would have benefited from being delivered in 3 volumes rather than 2.

Thank you Mr. Gonick for this awesome series!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little History is a FunnyThing! 3 Nov 2012
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Ever since I moved to a small town that doesn't offer a morning paper with comics page that I can read at breakfast, I've had to find an alternative...Larry Gonick's entire series of Cartoon Histories has done a superb job of filling this gap! So much better than the selection of comics in the local newspaper and educational too...It's good to get a broad overall picture of history because it makes you realize that most of the stuff going on in this day and age, isn't really all that bad--at least, compared to what we crazy humans have done in the past!...Mr. Gonick teaches history with a light and humorous touch. When you think about it--aren't we all just living in our own personal cartoons? Well done, Mr. Gonick!!![...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 24 April 2012
By Hunter H - Published on
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Really, the only negative thing I can say about this is that I'm very sad the series had to come to an end. Excellent, informative and a good sense of humor.
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