The Harlem Hellfighters (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

The Harlem Hellfighters (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

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by Max Brooks, Caanan White
     
 

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From bestselling author Max Brooks, the riveting story of the highly decorated, barrier-breaking, historic black regiment-the Harlem Hellfighters. In 1919, the 369th infantry regiment marched triumphantly home from World War 1. They had spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning… See more details below

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From bestselling author Max Brooks, the riveting story of the highly decorated, barrier-breaking, historic black regiment-the Harlem Hellfighters. In 1919, the 369th infantry regiment marched triumphantly home from World War 1. They had spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and winning countless decorations. Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government. The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on-and off-the battlefield to make Europe, and America, safe for democracy. In THE HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS, bestselling author Max Brooks and acclaimed illustrator Caanan White bring this history to life. From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France, they tell the heroic story of the 369th in an action packed and powerful tale of honor and heart. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
03/15/2014
They ended up fighting for France because the American Expeditionary Forces refused to use them. After training in South Carolina, the first African American troops to fight in World War I were sent to Europe only to be put to work as stevedores and day laborers. Only when the overwhelmed French army begged for help did the United States release the all-"colored" 369th regiment for combat—under the oversight of the French command, which treated them fairly. Ultimately one of the fiercest and most decorated units of the war, the 369th earned the "Harlem Hellfighters" nickname from the Germans, not the Allies, and spent more time in combat than any other American unit. Brooks (World War Z; The Zombie Survival Guide) based the lightly fictionalized account on true events and people. VERDICT The centenary of World War I beginning this year begs for a graphic novel display; include this compelling account as well as titles by Jacque Tardi and Joe Sacco. Stark black-and-white art from White (Über) gives the body-shredding violence the immediacy of a newsreel, and the absence of gray scale highlights the racial divide. For high school age and up.—M.C.
Publishers Weekly
01/13/2014
Bestseller Brooks (World War Z) returns with the story of the first African-American regiment sent into combat by the U.S. Army in WW I. The 369th Infantry Regiment was poorly trained and ill equipped, and its soldiers were treated unfairly by command. Still, they had the single longest deployment of any American unit and achieved stunning military successes. Brooks’s text seethes with rage at the soldiers’ mistreatment, but he insists that even the racists who saw them in action would have respected their accomplishments. Like the text, White’s b&w art is intensely furious, emphasizing the war’s chaotic horror. Reading the book is a painful, memorable experience. (Apr.)
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“The Harlem Hellfighters brings to life a long forgotten piece of American history. Bravo, Max Brooks, bravo.” —Spike Lee

“An utterly fresh and shocking blend of storytelling and graphic art that takes us back to the global conflagration at the dawn of the last century and the heroic and outsized role brave African American soldiers played in turning the tide for the Allies. In an injustice oft repeated throughout our history, the heroic feats of the “Harlem Hellfighters” were not just forgotten but deliberately suppressed by a nation eager to accept the Black man’s sacrifice but terrified to give him the slightest credit for it. Denied the ability to even defend themselves back home, the Hellfighters tear up the Western Front and terrify the Germans, facing down machine guns, rats, and poison gas with stoic relentlessness and deflected fury. White’s illustrations explode off the page and Brooks’ storytelling brings gripping action and anger to every page.” —Tom Reiss, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Black Count

“Brooks's text seethes with rage at the soldiers' mistreatment, but he insists that even the racists who saw them in action would have respected their accomplishments. Like the text, White's b&w art is intensely furious, emphasizing the war's chaotic horror. Reading the book is a painful, memorable experience.” Publishers Weekly

The Harlem Hellfighters is perhaps the first graphic novel taking as its theme a major episode in African American History, the heroic performance of black men in combat during World War I. Brilliantly dramatized by Max Brooks—author of such national bestsellers as World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide—and stunningly illustrated by Canaan White, one of our foremost African-American comic book illustrators, the novel tells the gripping story of the often overlooked black men who served their country in combat against enemy forces during “the Great War.” The Harlem Hellfighters served in combat longer than any other American unit, losing neither men nor ground, even as they fought entrenched racism within the U.S. military.  Brooks and White tell a thrilling saga of noble perseverance, individual valor and sacrifice and collective triumph, showing how combat abroad in war contributed to the larger quest for civil rights at home. Informed by judicious historical research and vividly illustrated storytelling, this book itself is an historical “first,” and is a major contribution to our understanding of Black History.” —Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804140331
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
348,134
File size:
38 MB
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