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The Great War

July 1, 1916 : the First Day of the Battle of the Somme : An Illustrated Panorama

Sacco, Joe

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
The Great War
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"A 24-foot-long black-and-white drawing printed on heavyweight accordian-fold paper and packaged in a deluxe hardcover slipcase. The set also includes a 16-page booklet featuring an essay about the first day of the Battle of the Somme by Adam Hochschild and original annotations to the drawing by Sacco himself."
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393088809
0393088804
Branch Call Number: GN 940.4272 SACCO 2013
Characteristics: 1 accordion-fold page :,illustrations ;,22 x 29 cm +,booklet (16 pages : illustrations ; 21 x 29 cm)
Additional Contributors: Hochschild, Adam Author

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Accordion-fold panorama, depicting a moment in the war. Stretching out to 24-feet and printed on both sides, you can spend hours examining the detail in this piece.

A 24-foot-long black-and-white drawing printed on heavyweight accordian-fold paper and packaged in a deluxe hardcover slipcase. The set also includes a 16-page booklet featuring an essay about the first day of the Battle of the Somme by Adam Hochschild and original annotations to the drawing by S... Read More »


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Apr 25, 2014
  • Carpulskis rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This illustration provides a fascinating and moving depiction of this notorious battle. Mr. Sacco uses the cartoon format to give historically accurate detail, some of which is explained by comments on a small scale version of the drawing in the booklet. This is not another graphic novel--you can and will unfold the 24 feet of this drawing across the whole room and down the hallway. Of course, that means that you will want to read this with friends, and the experience of together holding this one day of war is quite moving.

Highly recommended as a way to introduce the horror of war, to learn the mechanics of supply and coordination and commitment that are needed to make something like this happen, and to inspire greater understanding of the need to strive for peace.

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