Edible Secrets: A Food Tour of Classified U. S. History

Edible Secrets: A Food Tour of Classified U. S. History

by Mia Partlow, Michael Hoerger, Nate Powell
     
 

What do top-secret CIA assassination plots, Black Panther arrests, and Reaganomics have in common? Food, of course! Michael Hoerger and Mia Partlow collect, contextualize and graphically narrate declassified government documents with food as a theme! Over 500,000 declassified memos, debriefings and transcripts were combed to uncover some of the most important and

Overview

What do top-secret CIA assassination plots, Black Panther arrests, and Reaganomics have in common? Food, of course! Michael Hoerger and Mia Partlow collect, contextualize and graphically narrate declassified government documents with food as a theme! Over 500,000 declassified memos, debriefings and transcripts were combed to uncover some of the most important and iconic people and narratives from US history. Providing a voyeuristic insight into the US government, these documents are like reality TV for politicos and foodies: Assassinations by milkshake, subliminal popcorn cravings, Reagan's love of hydroponics, and what could be Fred Hampton's most radical action—giving ice cream to small children. Illustrated throughout by Nate Powell.

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"What started, in part, as a serially released zine has been turned into an intense and witty mash-up of classic shoe-leather journalism, culinary storytelling, and call for social justice. In graphic form, the authors dive head-on into public records to detail many unsavory factoids about Uncle Sam -- such as how the police seemingly used a 1968 Chicago-area ice cream theft to silence Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. Hoerger and Partlow's innovative method makes sense on many levels. Millions of pages of declassified docs can't readily be sifted through, the authors' logic goes, so an efficient way to track the federal government's inner workings is to look at a specific cultural institution -- food -- as an angle. This offbeat approach winds up working damned well in a little more than 100 easy-to-read pages, creating a sort of hybrid between Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States and Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals."  —The Village Voice

“Even men in black need to eat, and one has to wonder if a case of the munchies didn’t just give g-men some of their more hair brained ideas. With brilliant illustrations from Nate Powell, Edible Secrets details efforts like the CIA’s foray into mind control (eat popcorn) and their attempt to assassinate Fidel Castro via a poison milkshake. One single box of Jello was enough to convict and sentence two people to death during the red scare and the U.S. Government has taken an active role in promoting Cola across the globe to smash communism and increase corporate profits.”  —Diatribe Media

“ From the government's repeated attempts to poison Fidel Castro's milkshake to Black Panther Fred Hampton's prison sentence for stealing ice cream, the sips of the CIA's secrets leave the reader realizing the enormous amount of activities the feds keep under wraps.”  —Portland Mercury

"This book contains some powerful new disclosures gleaned from FBI files and presented in a politically relevant form. Great research and a good read."  —Jeff Haas, author of The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther 

"Mix ice cream, Jell-O, popcorn, Coca-Cola, and a milkshake with CIA and FBI secret files, some of the American empire’s biggest corporations, and the last ten presidents. What have you got? A recipe for revolutionary change. Read Edible Secrets to find out more. It provides a stimulating taste of the government’s inner workings."  —Robert Meeropol, younger son, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, and Executive Director of the Rosenberg Fund

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934620410
Publisher:
Microcosm Publishing
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Series:
World Around Us Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,192,629
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.13(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Hoerger is a freelance graphic designer and independent researcher. Mia Partlow is a writer who works in radio. They are the authors of The Curious Case of the Communist Jell-o Box and live in Bloomington, Indiana.

Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. He is an Eisner winner for best graphic novel and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His work includes the critically acclaimed March, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Year of the Beasts, The Silence of Our Friends, and Sounds of Your Name. Powell appeared at the United Nations in 2011, discussing his contribution to the fundraising fiction anthology What You Wish For: A Book For Darfur alongside some of the world’s foremost writers of young adult fiction. He managed DIY punk record label Harlan Records for 16 years, and has performed in the bands Universe, Divorce Chord, Soophie Nun Squad, Wait, and Boomfancy. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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