The Great War

The Great War

July 1, 1916: The First Day Of The Battle Of The Somme : An Illustrated Panorama

Book - 2013
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"A 24-foot-long black-and-white drawing printed on heavyweight accordion-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"--Insert.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780393088809
Characteristics: Accompanying booklet 16 pages : illustrations ; 21 x 29 cm
Main volume 1 volume (1 folded sheet (24 unnumbered leaves)) : 1 illustration ; 21 x 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Hochschild, Adam


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Apr 25, 2014

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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