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The Great War: July 1, 1916: the First Day of the Battle of the Somme Hardcover – 16 Aug 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 54 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Slp Har/Pa edition (16 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393088804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393088809
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 3 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,297,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unique, devastating, indelible.

You've never seen anything quite like this.

Awesome.

Spectacular.... Welcome to the trenches. This is going to be massive.

Epic [and] revelatory.... Unfurled, this condensed picture of the Western front is one of staggering grandeur and inescapable doom.

Remarkable... Sacco's skill in revealing the fine particulars and extraordinary circumstances in realistic, unexaggerated drawn detail make this a fascinating, graphic view of war.

Remarkable... [A] fascinating, graphic view of war.... [A] remarkable panorama.

Awesome...His silence first mirrors and then amplifies our own horrified stupefaction--and his inky crosshatching speaks for itself, sorrow and rage in every dogged line. --Rachel Cooke

Stunning...An epic illustration. --Carl Wilkinson

A mini-masterpiece. --Caroline Sanderson

Deeply absorbing. --Kathryn Schulz

Gorgeous and haunting. --Cory Doctorow

Nothing quite compares to [The Great War]...Astounding. --John McMurtrie

Overwhelming and wondrous...dazzling. --Greg Cook, The Artery

Joe Sacco is a genius. Easily one of the most important journalists, writers and cartoonists alive, every stroke of his assured and humblingly mature pen captures what the camera simply cannot. Through his reserved yet compassionate use of words and pictures, he allows us to occupy the horrifying inner and outer boundaries of human cruelty and desperation yet all, I believe, with the aim of returning to what it means to be a civilized, sympathetic and possibly even forgiving soul. --Chris Ware, author of Building Stories"

Gorgeous and haunting. --Cory Doctorow"

You ve never seen anything quite like this. "

Nothing quite compares to [The Great War] Astounding. --John McMurtrie"

Deeply absorbing. --Kathryn Schulz"

Awesome His silence first mirrors and then amplifies our own horrified stupefaction and his inky crosshatching speaks for itself, sorrow and rage in every dogged line. --Rachel Cooke"

Unique, devastating, indelible. "

The book depicts the first day of the battle of the Somme, as it's never been seen before It's like a cross between Herge and the Chapman brothers; the Bayeux Tapestry as a silent movie. --Steve Rose"

Epic [and] revelatory . Unfurled, this condensed picture of the Western front is one of staggering grandeur and inescapable doom. "

Remarkable [A] fascinating, graphic view of war. [A] remarkable panorama. "

Sacco's account of the opening of one of modern warfare's bloodiest campaigns has no real parallel . [It] insinuates an intimacy with calamity that words do not convey. --Kenneth Baker"

Overwhelming and wondrous dazzling. --Greg Cook, The Artery"

An eloquent, convincing, entirely wordless story. --Christopher Lyon"

Sacco at his most bombastic and epic, as if his publisher had given him Steven Spielberg s budget. --Tom Horgen"

A searing depiction of a single day . Exacting in every damning detail, magnificent in its tragic way.--Jeff Shesol"

Show[s] what photos can t: the enormousness and the enormity of what happened that day on the Western Front.--Douglas Wolk"

You ve never seen anything quite like this."

Deeply absorbing.--Kathryn Schulz

This is incredible. It is fantastic. He s showing you far more than a film or photographs could. It s just drawing it s a superb example of what art can do.--David Hockney"

Insanely beautiful. This is yet another total masterpiece from one of the most important comic artists of all time.--Stuart Hammond

Gorgeous and haunting.--Cory Doctorow

An eloquent, convincing, entirely wordless story.--Tom Horgen

A searing depiction of a single day.... Exacting in every damning detail, magnificent in its tragic way.--Jeff Shesol

Show[s] what photos can't: the enormousness and the enormity of what happened that day on the Western Front.--Douglas Wolk

This is incredible. It is fantastic. He's showing you far more than a film or photographs could. It's just drawing--it's a superb example of what art can do.--David Hockney

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From ‘the heir to R. Crumb and Art Spiegelman’ (The Economist) comes a monumental, wordless panorama capturing the horror of World War I. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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