A People’s History of American Empire: A Graphic Adaptation

By Howard Zinn, Mike Konopacki, Paul Buhle; Metropolitan Books, 2008; pp 275

Plot: Howard Zinn’s seminal work, The People’s History of the United States, circulated on the fringes of American academic circles for several decades, but today the text is being adopted by college and high schools. This graphic adaptation is Zinn’s (and his co-authors’) response to 9/11: a further examination of American policy that is imperialism stealthily advanced by a belief in American exceptionalism and delivering democracy by any means necessary.

Genre: History; Non-fiction; Comic Art

Ages: 11 and older

Review: America lost a great voice, humanitarian, and historian with the passing of Howard Zinn. This book, his last, is not for the faint at heart. It continues Zinn’s trajectory of viewing history from the bottom down, that is, from ordinary citizens and the voiceless.  Zinn illustrates American’s overreaching imperialism and expansionism from Wounded Knee, Spanish-American War, World War I, the Pentagon Papers, Reagan’s war against the Contras, Iraq War, Afghanistan War, and the list goes on.


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