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The Cartoon History of the Modern World, Part II : From the Bastille to Baghdad
by Larry Gonick


Overview - From the Bastille to Baghdad, The Cartoon History of the World Part 2 is the conclusion (for the moment) of Larry Gonick s award-winning and bestselling annals of humankind presented in graphic novel form. Picking up after the American Revolution, where Part 1 left off, Part 2 opens with the Enlightenment and rolls across Napoleon, the fall of the Ottoman Empire, World War I and II, and all the way to our recent imbroglios in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Read more...

 
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Overview
From the Bastille to Baghdad, The Cartoon History of the World Part 2 is the conclusion (for the moment) of Larry Gonick s award-winning and bestselling annals of humankind presented in graphic novel form. Picking up after the American Revolution, where Part 1 left off, Part 2 opens with the Enlightenment and rolls across Napoleon, the fall of the Ottoman Empire, World War I and II, and all the way to our recent imbroglios in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part 2 is a monumental, one mightsay historic achievement, at once edifying, irreverent, and wildly entertaining. Terry Jones of Monty Python said of the first volume of this series, Obviously one of the great books of all time. And modern civilization s most recent act is no less enthralling.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780060760083
  • ISBN-10: 0060760087
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
  • Publish Date: October 2009
  • Page Count: 260

Series: Cartoon History of the Modern World

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Books > Comics & Graphic Novels > Nonfiction - General
Books > History > Modern - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 37.
  • Review Date: 2009-10-12
  • Reviewer: Staff

The final installment of Gonick's deeply funny and impeccably researched series has finally arrived, and like the rest of his Cartoon History series, the book covers a wide range of key and fascinating historical events and topics that have managed to slip through the gaps of common knowledge. The section linking the slave trade, the Haitian revolution and the Napoleonic Wars is particularly good, as are the segments on the modern history of Japan and China. Brilliantly funny, the series finds the inherent humor in history rather than pasting on irrelevant jokes. This is the most politicized book in the series, a jarring but perhaps unavoidable element, since it covers an era ending when Gonick sent the proofs to his publisher. Also, the pacing is odd and frequently rushed—it seems to need an extra hundred pages. Possibly as a result, the book has some interesting gaps. Most notably, aside from the occasional snide remark or allusion, the entire pre-Vietnam history of the United States is completely left out. While Gonick has covered these topics in depth in other books (the stand-alone Cartoon History of the United States) and perhaps tired of them, the absence is glaring. (Oct.)

 
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