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The Cartoon Guide to United States History (Cartoon History of the Modern World) [Paperback]

Larry Gonick
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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperReference; New edition edition (31 Aug 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062730983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062730985
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 18.7 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 425,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This cartoon guide to US history begins in the English colonies and continues to the present day. The book presents such milestones in US history as the House of Burgesses, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Civil War, the Great Depression, the labour and civil rights movements, American expansion and the Gulf War. Larry Gonick is the author of "The Cartoon History of the Universe".

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite up to his normal standard. . . 28 Nov 1999
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A nice guide, but it seems a bit rushed compared to the great 'Cartoon History of the Universe'. Quality of the illustrations is less good, and the book seems less well thought out. Having said that, it's not bad. The history is carefully thought out and explained, and it's very digestible.
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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 Fun, intelligent and worth having around 17 Jan 2002
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I'm reading this book for what must be the fourth or fifth time now. I picked it up as an undergrad, to refresh my memory of the History I'd learned in High School - now I'm in grad school for Literature and it's still a useful tool since I rarely have time to read anything more focused or comprehensive. Quite simply it's a sort of mnemonic device - much better than having a set of history notecards and much more fun. Ignore the reviewer who said it's anti-Republican biased - it most certainly is not. Kennedy is drawn with a more foolish grin than Eisenhower (whom I actually think looks regal) and LBJ's caricature is certainly not flattering. The book's tongue-in-cheek political slant is apolitical - almost anti-politcal. It pokes fun at everything and everyone because Gonick has read the unpalatable (and biased) history books we were all forcefed in High School and offers his graphic history as an antidote to them. Recommended for busy readers and Trivial Pursuit players of all ages.
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Biased? yes. Funny? yes. should you read it? yes. 30 May 2000
By L. Troy Beals - Published on
Is Gonick biased? Yes, every historian, actually every person on the planet has an opinion and that is called bias. Gonick is at least honest and makes it clear how he feels about things and that is a strength. To one who is solid in American History this book is a light look at one person's perspective on history without all the pretention of ivory tower academia. For a child or young student it is a good strategy to get him/her interested in American History, You can give them a more balanced view of History later, right now have fun and get them interested or they'll be idiots.
34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, and accurate. 18 Aug 2001
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This is the kind of book to read if you really hate history but need to know it for school or something. It makes history fun, not just boring names and dates. I read it late at night, which displeased my family because I laughed so hard I woke them all up. I bought another copy of this book as a gift to my college history professor. He read it and commented, "It was very well-researched. I bet writing the cartoons was the easy part."
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good but Below Gonick's Usual Standard 19 April 2003
By Wintermute - Published on
While very good I felt that this book wasn't on the same level as Gonick's History of the Universe. Everything about this book seemed a bit rushed from the writing to the art. It's still very much worth buying but I can't recommend it as much as I would his History of the Universe.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as his other work, but still good. 19 Jan 1999
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Overtly sensitive Republicans might hate this book, but it is a good historical perspective on the contradictory entity that is the United States. It is also a great book to read in light of the Impeachment trials since it discusses the Andrew Johnson impeachment, the Nixon resignation (whose abuse of power was so pronounced that he was a military advisor away from being one of those third world dictators.) as well as the idiocy of the Senate throughout history. There is criticism of bias, however this is the same bias that Gronick shows throughout Cartoon History of the Universe without criticism (not many fans of Alexander the Great or Julius Ceasar around these days, although the Jesus cartoons from that book should annoy almost any Christian).
My main problem is that the artwork is too sketchy. It seems like it was hastily scribbled, and the quality of the storytelling isn't as pronounced as in his other books.
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