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Battle Lines : A Graphic History of the Civil War
by Ari Kelman and Jonathan Fetter-vorm


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The first graphic history to capture the full scope of the Civil War, gorgeously drawn and expertly told





The graphic novelist Jonathan Fetter-Vorm and the award-winning historian Ari Kelman team up to create a unique portrait of a brutal and defining event in American history: the Civil War.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The first graphic history to capture the full scope of the Civil War, gorgeously drawn and expertly told





The graphic novelist Jonathan Fetter-Vorm and the award-winning historian Ari Kelman team up to create a unique portrait of a brutal and defining event in American history: the Civil War. The result is "Battle Lines," a monumental graphic history--rendered in Fetter-Vorm's sweeping full-color panoramas, and grounded in Kelman's nuanced understanding of the period--offering a series of wholly new perspectives on the conflict that turned this nation against itself.


Each chapter in "Battle Lines "begins with an object; each object tells its own story. A tattered flag, lowered in defeat at Fort Sumter. A set of chains, locked to the ankles of a slave as he scrambles toward freedom. A bullet, launched from the bore of a terrifying new rifle. A brick, hurled from a crowd of ration-starved rioters. With these objects and others, both iconic and commonplace, "Battle Lines" traces a broad and ambitious narrative from the early rumblings of secession to the dark years of Reconstruction. Richly detailed and wildly inventive, its stories propel the reader to all manner of unlikely vantages as only the graphic form can: from the malaria-filled gut of a mosquito to the faded ink of a soldier's pen, and from the barren farms of the home front to the front lines of an infantry charge.


Beautiful, uncompromising, poignant, and utterly original, "Battle Lines" is a daring vision of the war that nearly tore America apart.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780809094745
  • ISBN-10: 0809094746
  • Publisher: Hill & Wang
  • Publish Date: May 2015
  • Page Count: 224
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 10.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds


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Books > Comics & Graphic Novels > Nonfiction - General
Books > History > United States - Civil War

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

In 15 harrowing chapters, Fetter-Vorm (Trinity) and Ari Kelman’s (A Misplaced Massacre) graphic take on the Civil War brings home the shattering costs of America’s epochal conflict like almost no other single-volume history. The stage is artfully set with scenes of the war’s first casualties (a Union cannon misfire) and its underlying cause (in a potent illustration that depicts the nation’s “fundamental contradiction” as piles of laws teetering on two bricks labeled Liberty and Slaves), emphasizing history’s cruelties and happenstance without tipping into cynical irony. That same carefully resonant voice carries through the vividly drawn following chapters, which roam from the home front (two slaves escaping into the night as their owner wonders how she will feed herself; the New York draft riots) to the unrelenting savagery of the front lines. A two-page spread on the “wholesale slaughter” that resulted when modern rifles met musket-era tactics is particularly difficult to shake. The authors focus on individuals while still weaving these vignettes into larger historical themes, never succumbing to the illustrated-outline schematic that afflicts many graphic histories. Poignant and heartbreaking. (May)

 
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