Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood

Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood

Graphic Novel - 2014
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In 1914, the world's biggest countries (and some of its smallest, too) were gearing up for a massive fight. Land, history, geography -- each country came to war for different reasons and with different resources. But most ended up the same: sending their young men to fight for their lives in the mud, on the sea, and in the air, in a conflict that would eventually claim more than 9 million lives
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781419708084
1419708082
9780605827011
060582701X
Branch Call Number: Juv Graphic Novel NATHAN
Characteristics: 124 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm

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darladoodles
Feb 28, 2019

Making a graphic novel that covers the entire span of WW I is an ambitious undertaking. Nathan Hale not only does this quite effectively, but also adds in a dash of humor and even incorporates animals. One very effective storytelling choice was to show the god Ares growing more and more out of control as the war progresses. This is a very dense graphic novel, but I was happy to spend the time working through the pages to gather the information provided in this compact volume. My favorite page is the one of the author at the WW I Museum in KC where I live. We are very proud of our museum and this graphic novel is a partner in helping the world remember what the Great War was all about.

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Waluconis
Jan 30, 2019

World War I has attracted a lot of attention recently because of the 100th anniversary (see Ken Burns' film of computer-restored primary footage). This book presents in a relatively short space the politics and issues involved over the entire conflict. It is told, as with all of Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales, with humor at times, but never shirking from the devastation and turmoil. The nations are all represented by animals ("funny animals" in comic book history parlance), which for some might seem to trivialize the events, but really helps to keep straight the roles of the nations involved. People from each nation are consistently one kind of animal. Every once in a while, someone does educational comics (ahem, graphic novels). I probably should not use the term "educational comics", as for a time that meant seldom read. However, starting with some of the underground comics, for instance those edited by Leonard Rifas, that began to change. Now Nathan Hale is doing some fine work in creating non-fictive studies in American history with "graphic novels" that appeal to different age levels. Read this for an informative examination of World War I.

I liked this book because I like to learn about history and like graphic novels, also there is lots of action and it has good humor jokes in it.
-Asa, age 11

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Rampey
Dec 27, 2018

One of the best in the series although more violent than the others.

LPL_MattL Aug 09, 2016

Nathan Hale provides an overview to the causes and dynamics of World War I that streamlines an abundance of information into an engrossing story. This book uses historical facts, visual aids and humor to educate readers both young and old. Hale’s stylized drawings represent each country as different animals and don’t come across as cartoony but rather help to illustrate the seriousness of the subject matter. This book is an excellent entry point for readers wanting to learn about WWI but are easily bored with traditional history textbooks.

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mammothhawk229e
Apr 13, 2016

Packed a lot of stuff on a small book by limiting to mostly Western Front, few sea battles, & some air battles. United States as timid rabbits instead of proud eagle due to overlap funny. Ditto two shell shocked ,er, PTSD sidekicks wanting an innocent safe story after experiencing horrors of war. Author described the changes in war equipment & borders as German Empire, Austria-Hungary Empire, Ottoman Empire & Russian Empire became no more.

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