After 9/11: America's War on Terror (2001- ) - A Work of Graphic Journalism

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Having made The 9/11 Commission Report understandable for everyone, the award-winning, bestselling graphic novel team of Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón use all their considerable talents to explain the post-9/11 world. Working from news reports drawn from multiple international media, Jacobson and Colón depict the critical events, decision makers, and consequences of America’s “war on terror,” and, most important, the context in which the war began, unfolded, and unraveled. The most demanding story they have ever ...

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Overview

Having made The 9/11 Commission Report understandable for everyone, the award-winning, bestselling graphic novel team of Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón use all their considerable talents to explain the post-9/11 world. Working from news reports drawn from multiple international media, Jacobson and Colón depict the critical events, decision makers, and consequences of America’s “war on terror,” and, most important, the context in which the war began, unfolded, and unraveled. The most demanding story they have ever tackled, After 9/11 is also the most tailor-made for their medium, capturing simultaneous events, geographic complexity, numerous participants, and a vast array of economic, statistical, and quantitative information—compellingly told through the sequential panel art narrative form unique to graphic books. Proving yet again that graphic novels best meet the challenge of giving the most information with the least amount of ink, Jacobson and Colón answer with clarity and unforgettable imagery the question: How the hell did we end up where we are?

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  • Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colon
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“When it comes to dramatic adaptations of factual events, nobody does it better than Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón. After 9/11 is not only a spectacular, eminently readable graphic novel but a prime example of the perfect marriage between journalism and art.” —Stan Lee

 

“In addition to providing a vividly comprehensible time line, After 9/11 makes intelligible—in a way that even an overtaxed Presidential candidate can grasp—the tribal and religious-factional complexities within Iraq and Afghanistan.” —The New Yorker

 

“Ernie Colón’s work has never been more effectively used. His illustrations generate a clarity and power, making complex and intensely dramatic situations comprehensible.” —Joe Kubert

 

“A meditation on war, an evenly paced and sanguine presentation of America’s reaction to terrorism, and the ensuing violence that trails behind the growing American and Muslim conflict in the Middle East  . . . At its most brilliant, Jacobson and Colon are cartographers, assembling a map of the terror that has since erupted around the world. Starting at the beginning, they sum up each individual part, as if to pinpoint a place in the chaos and say, ‘We are here.’” —Kai-Ming Cha, Playboy.com

 

After 9/11 stands apart as the graphic novel equivalent of a particularly cogent Frontline report. . . . An excellent choice for educators looking for an accessible single-volume take on the subject.” —Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly

Having already tackled the new millennium's most explosive government document, The 9/11 Commission Report, in bestselling comic form, former Marvel Comics executive editor Jacobson and journeyman artist Colón go for a less scripted take on recent history with this vivid graphic take on the wars that erupted after 9/11. Not relying on one single source allows Jacobson and Colón to be more wide-ranging in their examination of the war on terror. As journalism, Jacobson's work is nothing particularly fresh, relying on a steady march of bullet-point news squibs about the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and sidebar background material to fill out its densely packed pages. Colón's chaotic and highly physical artwork helps bring the occasionally dry recitation to life; his liberal use of bloody war-zone carnage shockingly illustrates how little such things are shown by the Western media. Jacobson keeps his tone as even as possible, save for the unavoidable details of hypocrisy or incompetence (of which there are sadly many), helping to make the book an excellent choice for educators looking for an accessible single-volume take on the subject. All in all, After 9/11 stands apart as the graphic novel equivalent of a particularly cogent Frontline report. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up

In this follow-up to The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation (Hill & Wang, 2006), Jacobson and Colón offer readers an incisive report on the U. S. government's activities, in both foreign and domestic theaters, in response to the perceived threat of continuing terrorist incursions. Densely packed panels explicate diplomatic, political, military, and popular discussions; edicts; and activities through narrative, carefully chosen quotes, and images that vary in style from photorealism to symbolic idioms. An example of the latter is the iconic sound of a submachine gun, accompanied by a spray of blood, to indicate each assassination cataloged here. Both teen researchers and those with an interest in American foreign affairs will find this a helpful guide to events, although the period it covers is necessarily brief and still open-ended. Panel layout is less felicitous than in most graphic-novel-style nonfiction, but readers can graze a page to cull its messages rather than needing to follow a specific path. A must for any collection supporting American history and government curricula.-Francisca Goldsmith, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809023707
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 8/19/2008
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 796,489
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sid Jacobson was the managing editor and editor in chief for Harvey Comics, where he created Richie Rich, and executive editor at Marvel Comics. The artist Ernie Colón has worked at Harvey, Marvel, and DC Comics. At DC, he oversaw the production of Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Blackhawk, and The Flash; at Marvel, Spider-Man. Their most recent project was The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation (H&W, 2006).

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Table of Contents


Prologue     3
America Responds     5
War in Afghanistan     11
Victory?     20
The Selling of a War     32
The Making of a War     45
Insurgency or Civil War?     65
The Surge     129
Epilogue     149
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