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A People's History of American Empire (American Empire Project)
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A People's History of American Empire (American Empire Project) [Kindle Edition]

Howard Zinn , Mike Konopacki , Paul Buhle
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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

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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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 149061 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books; Gph edition (1 April 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BQL45TO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #200,338 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quality graphic novel 9 Oct 2009
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 28 Feb 2010
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely designed, controversial theme... 9 Dec 2013
"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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If like me you never got around to reading Zinn's stuff until he passed away then I recommend you get the other book, this is a graphic novel and as such it lacks the depth and detail of his book.

However, if you fancy being educated with out realing it, or you're not into thick heavy history books - go for it!

It's hard to be critical about this graphic novel as it's quite pretty to look at, extremely informative and educational but it lacks the academic punch of the 'real thing'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Propagating truth 4 April 2008
By Kerry Walters - Published on
The word "propaganda" has an almost universally negative connotation. Whenever we use it, we generally mean to refer to systematic and deliberate misinformation. But it's worth remembering that the word is etymologically derived from the same root as the word "propagate," to increase or grow. Propaganda, as the word was originally used, is simply a means of spreading the news, of getting the word out to large numbers of people, of disseminating information that needs to be disseminated.

It's in this original sense of the word that A People's History of American Empire is propaganda. Using the medium of the comix or graphic novel, Howard Zinn, Mike Konopacki, and Paul Buhle get the word out about a side of U.S. history that almost never gets taught in public schools, and about which many Americans even today remain clueless. Their treatment is entertaining and accessible--which means that it has a potentially huge audience--but neither patronizing nor simplistic--the book contains an extensive bibliography, and references both graphics and narrative claims. It's ideal for folks who have neither the time nor inclination to read Zinn's bulky classic A People's History of the United States, from which much of the volume is mined.

The format is ingenious. Zinn (wonderfully drawn, by the way) is the up-close narrator of the book. He begins by expressing bewilderment that the U.S. response to 9/11 has followed the same old violent pattern that the U.S. (and, of course, not only the U.S.) has typically adopted when threatened. This response, Zinn argues, ultimately only makes matters worse because it does nothing to get to the root causes of unrest. It is "an old way of thinking," one that tragically keeps following the same destructive script, and Zinn proceeds throughout the rest of the book to chronicle its many historical manifestations, ranging from the Wounded Knee massacre to the invasion of Cuba, Hawaii, the Philippines, and Central American nations such as El Salvador and Nicaragua (according to a list published by the State Department in 1962, the U.S. militarily intervened 103 times in foreign countries between 1798 and 1895). Zinn also discusses governmental and big business response to domestic workers' strikes (the Pullman strike and the Ludlow massacre, for example), and draws a connection between this "internal" imperialism and the "external" variety.

Of particular interest are Zinn's treatments of what he calls the "cool war," a culture and ethnic battle over black music in the 1950s, and the current Iraq War.

Another especially interesting feature of the book is its inclusion of Zinn's life story (derived from his autobiographical You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train) which traces his childhood poverty (and tenderness for his parents), his radicalization, his repudiation of violence following his service in World War II, his activism at Spelman College (which led to his dismissal), and his anti-war work--including the famous peace mission to Vietnam--during the Vietnam conflict.

Although the story of the insidious partnership between state and money is shocking and even horrifying at times, Zinn ends the book on an upbeat note. There's much to be hopeful about, he insists, when one considers the extraordinary achievements of the last fifty years. Legal racial apartheid in the U.S. was ended; the Vietnam war was stopped by public protests; velvet revolutions throughout Europe and South Africa succeeded in overthrowing tyranny in relatively bloodless fashion. So "to be hopeful in bad times is not foolishly romantic," Zinn concludes. "It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness" (p. 263).

Both of those messages deserve propagation.
30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History the way it should be told for those who don't have time to read a dense history book! 16 April 2008
By puravida - Published on
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This book absolutely blew me away. I'm a big Howeard Zinn fan and remember using his book "A People's History of the United States" in high school for research projects.

This book takes Howard Zinn's arguments and presents them in a graphic adaptation that makes history come alive. There's real emotion in this book and it's a true page turner. During much of our own history we have been imperialistic and have taken advantage of the rest of the world to advance our own agendas, without regards to the suffering these actions have caused in many countries around the world. Let's turn back to compassion, collaboration and start promoting real sustainable development. In an election year this book should be convincing enough!
44 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! The truth must be known! 5 April 2008
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I just picked up this book today, and I don't often just start reading a book then buy it, but this one was well worth it. A brutal expose of the injustice going on in America, and perpetuated by it. Not just an expose of the "Rich Elite" and their hold on our supposed Democracy, but all those they've hurt to make an extra dishonest dollar as if they did not have enough already.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How long has this been going on? 19 Jun 2008
By Martin Gugino - Published on
It takes a while to get through the book, because you can't take too much at one sitting. Make sure you've got your meds. We killed the Indians, but you know that, and dominated the Chinese of the canneries and the railroads, and enslaved the blacks, and shot the people who joined unions, locked up the Japanese ... hey but that's only in this country. You should see what we've been doing in the rest of the world.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth is Out There 9 Jan 2009
By Lang&LitReviews - Published on
If you have always been the type of person to question the history textbooks you grew up with as a kid, this is your graphic non-fiction masterpiece. Adapted from Zinn's acclaimed grassroots history of the USA, this book is well illustrated and serves to select specific episodes and periods of our own countrys history that for some reason, we do not know correctly. There is much more to explore about history than to accept what is "commonly, automatically" assumed and that is propagated by the corporate news networks and ideologically-charged education censorship committees that select history texts at the state level...Howard Zinn opens the door towards the truth.
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