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This review is from: A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF AMERICAN EMPIRE (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.
From book can be seen that author is an impassioned lover of justice, freedom and democracy but he states that today's America is divided by dreams of liberty for all and dreams of affluence. The stories provided in his opinion are essential to understanding America's failure to live up to its promise, and its attempts to impose its will on smaller nations.
As someone who is living in Europe I think it's normal to see United States slightly different than people who are living there. Nevertheless, I think that USA came closer to some democracy and liberty ideals than all the rest of the world.
The story of American imperialism seems well suited to be told through comics, a form combining words and pictures to achieve great effect. Although containing some important lessons from the past, due to fact that theme approach could be considered as controversial and I don't fully agree with the views expressed by author, looking on product as comic it can be recommended but as a whole package I give it a star less.