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The Cartoon History of the Modern World: From Columbus to the Constitution: 1 [Paperback]

Larry Gonick
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2 Nov 2006 Cartoon History of the Modern World

The Cartoon History of the Modern World is a wickedly funny take on modern history. It is essentially a complete and up–to–date course in college level Modern World History, but presented as a graphic novel. In an engaging and humorous graphic style, Larry Gonick covers the history, personalities and big topics that have shaped our universe over the past five centuries, including the Industrial Revolution, the American Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the evolution of political, social, economic, and scientific thought, Communism, Fascism, Nazism, the Cold War, Globalization––and much more.

Volume I of the Cartoon History of the Modern World picks up from Gonick's award winning Cartoon History of the Universe Series. That series began with the Big Bang and ended with Christopher Columbus sailing for the New World. This book starts off with peoples that Columbus "discovered" and ends with the U.S. Revolution.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Reference (2 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060760044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060760045
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Larry Gonick has been creating comics that explain history, science, and other big subjects for more than forty years. He wrote his first guide, Blood from a Stone: A Cartoon Guide to Tax Reform, in 1977. He has been a calculus instructor at Harvard (where he earned his BA and MA in mathematics) and a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and he is staff cartoonist for Muse magazine.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is Larry Gonick(LG)'s 4th Volume of Cartoon World History (out of 5 - according to the author himself in this Amazon discussion forum) - the final 5th one is yet to be written and will bring us up to the present.

This volume is certainly as enchanting and enlightening as the other 3 volumes.

I would place all 4 volumes in my Top 10 all-time favorite books and they are probably the ones I return to more than any other - for reference, illustrations, wonderful stories (with superb historical accuracy) and above all the delight of gaining an insight into a great mind.

The comic format works brilliantly with world history as it brings a difficult subject alive, and with LG we have a master of story telling, brevity and wit - his work really stays in the memory as he has the knack of illuminating the most influential historical events that also happen to be the most mind-blowing!

As you might gather from what I have already said, these comic books will really help give you a clearer understanding of the world and you will have enormous fun in the process.

There is now only one more volume to go until we have the complete 5 volume set of what in my opinion will end up being one of the most innovative and enjoyable histories of the world ever written. In fact I would go as far as to say that LG himself may well go down in world history!! How many modern day traditionally academic historians have been quite so inventive with their approach, and popular with people of all ages and backgrounds?!
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By Jezza
Larry Gonick deserves far more recognition than he gets. This book is as wonderful as all the others...why can't he just do them quicker?
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The trouble with history teaching in schools, especially nowadays, is it is too deep and not wide enough. So you'll learn for example all about the industrial revolution in Shropshire in the 18th century and nothing aboout what was going on in other parts of the world at the same time, or what happened thousands of years previously.

What Larry Gonick's series does is provide the width. If your history knowledge is basic, you'll learn a lot, very quickly. If you're history knowledge goes to PhD level, you'll still learn a lot because these books will fill in the gaps for you. If you're in the first category you'll love the humour and how easy these books are to read. If you're in the latter category, you'll be impressed that the back of each book contains a proper bibliography.

Hugely impressive. Very readable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional history 23 Aug 2009
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Memorable, humourous, visual, clever, reliable, stimulating, thought-provoking, unmissable for students and for anyone interested in the sweep of history without excess detail or too many words. Excellent annotated select reference list for following up the bits that especially interest readers. Should be required reading, along with all Gonick's History volumes. Can't wait for Part 2 (coming soon!). Thank you Larry Gonick! Keep up the great work.
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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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