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Homeland: The Illustrated History of the State of Israel

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ISBN-13: 978-0977150700
ISBN-10: 0977150704
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Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award, Social Studies Curriculum, Grades 9-12



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"A provocative, evocative look at Israel's history . . . a fest of full-color photos and painted art illustrations."  —Dallas Morning News



"Homeland is graphic nonfiction of the very highest quality."  —Association of Jewish Libraries Magazine


"For those with little or no knowledge of Mideast history, Homeland is a wonderful introduction."  —South Mississippi Sun Herald


"Explains and illustrates the reasons for the existence of [Israel] in terms that Jews and non-Jews can easily understand."  —Cleveland Jewish News


"Puts Israel into its proper historical context . . . it can serve as a supplemental or introductory text for high school students."  —VOYA

About the Author

Marv Wolfman is a creator and writer of children's books, novels, television, animation, and comic books, including Blade, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Superman Returns, and Teen Titans. He lives in Los Angeles. Mario Ruiz is the creator and artist of the graphic novels Sampson: Judge of Israel and Testament, the former editor-in-chief and creator of Metron Press, the founder of Valor Comics, and an advertising and graphic design art director. He lives in New York City. William J. Rubin is CEO of Nachson Press LLC and the project architect. He lives in Chicago.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Nachshon Press LLC (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977150704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977150700
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Mckeag on March 29, 2007
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This is the first time I've ever reviewed an item at Amazon.com, but I think this book is so special, I had to share my comments.

The illustrations are breathtaking and the content is interesting, easy to read and digest, and through provoking. I love every page!

This book is the perfect gift for anyone interested in history, art, Israel, or politics.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Horvath on June 26, 2007
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This wonderfully llustrated history gives a great overview of Jewish heritage and a context for today's politics. A great way to get a grounding in the subject for those of Jewish heritage who missed Hebrew School, or others wanting insight into the tragedies and traditions informing modern Judaism (and Zionism). Would be great for teens, but also for adults looking for the big picture.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bennet Pomerantz VINE VOICE on November 10, 2007
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When I was a young child, My grandma Esther would taut at me about my comic collection. She said "Mickey Mouse books that won't ever matter ever.". Those words still echo in my head today. After reading Homeland, I wish I could show this book to her now.She would be amazed

To call this book a graphic history novel would not be an insult. There have been other historical graphic novels that have gone before like Maus : A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History/Here My Troubles Began/Boxedand Barefoot Gen Volume One: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima . However the quality of this work surpasses those two graphic novels. BUT after you buy this, get those as well!

However this illustrated story of the state of Israel is more a history lesson for the masses. The text written by Marvel and DC comic scribe Marv Wolfman is not bias nor boring. He may have a jewish narrative, but it is not so heavy handed as most other works out there are. Its timeline goes from the Bible to modern day Israel. Wolfman's words are well researched. It is about a country and a civilization, Wolfman's pen skills takes adult and child alike into history with ease, which is a hard feat for most writers

The dymanic art work and digital images from the amazing hands of Mario Ruiz is a tresure to keep. This is not an illustrated bible, but a painted graphic novel which unfolds into a history that breathes. This is not comic book images, this is art!

Lets be honest, Children bore easy when you speak of history of any sort...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 6, 2007
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A superbly illustrated history, "Homeland" is a historical overview of 3,500 years of Israel's complex and complicated history presented with the accuracy of university level scholarship and the accessibility of a graphic novel. Exceptionally easy to understand, Israel's history is laid out chronologically with almost every page featuring full color photos and painted illustrations enhancing a superimposed explanatory text. The collaborative effort of Marv Wolfman, Mario Ruiz, and William J. Rubin, "Homeland" begins with the story of Abraham, continues through biblical times down to the period of Roman rule, the diaspora, the Holocaust, the founding of the modern State of Israel, notes its accomplishments, as well as the recent wars the Israeli's have had to wage in order to preserve their nation and themselves. Of special note is how the authors, while writing from a Jewish perspective, have also drawn upon non-Jewish narratives as well, giving "Homeland" an historical context with respect to contemporary Middle East issues. A unique and visually impressive publication which is also available in paperback ($19.95), "Homeland: The Illustrated History of the State of Israel" is a welcome and enthusiastically recommended addition to personal, school, and community library collections.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Brown on April 11, 2007
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A friend let me read her copy and I just ordered my own.

The story is both enlightening and entertaining.

And the web doesn't even do justice to the graphics. They are even more amazing in print. I think fans of history (both ancient and contemporary) and those who like graphic novels will love this new book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on May 15, 2010
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Beautiful pictorial history of Israel and the Jewish people, filled with exciting facts and exquisite illustrations and photos.

Set into two parts: that of a university lecture on Israel and a trip by the professor and students to Israel.

Begins with the beginnings of Israel as as a people in the biblical narrative, with the migration of Abraham to Canaan, and continues through the Biblical narrative of Joseph, Moses' leading of the Jews from slavery back to the Land of Israel. Continues with the Kingdom of David and Solomon, the Persian Exile and return, Alexander the Great and the brave resistance of the Maccabees to Israel's Greco-Syrian occupiers. Covers the roman occupation, the roman destruction of the Temple and forced exile of the Jews, from their ancient homeland, life in the diaspora including persecutions and the great rabbis and scholars who were inspired to write the Talmud, Midrash and Zohar.
Fantastic sections on Zionism and the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel, and the aggressive reaction of the Arabs who had migrated to Israel, and their attacks on the Jewish returnees to their own land.
Documents the Holocaust and the collaboration of Palestinian Arab leader Mufti Haj Armin al Husseini and other Arabs with the Nazis.

Outstanding introduction to the conflict and crammed with facts about Israel's rebirth, her wars of survival, against terrorism and her vast achievement in science and medicine, agriculture, literature, language and culture.
this the definitive book for one who knows little and desires to learn about Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Confronts the issues and history of Israel head on and in absorbing and always exciting way.
Fantastically illustrated throughout, colourful and attractive.
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