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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books; First Edition edition (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805094865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805094862
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 7.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“We see the potent brew of Sacco’s reporting, with its combination of engagement and complicity… This is what visual storytelling has to offer, this kind of immediacy, of empathy, this ability to open up the narrative in a way that transcends words.”
—Los Angeles Times

“Deeply humane, disturbing portraits of war, oppression, and sectarian tension… Sacco’s work is a reminder of the hidebound nature of much international reporting, and of the potential for creative disruption in the field. If there were any justice in American media, a hundred Saccos would bloom.”
—Bookforum
 
“The images Sacco draws are so powerful that they burn deep into your retina and reconfigure how you see the world.… The stories in Journalism display Sacco at the top of his game as our era’s irreplaceable moral witness.”
—National Post (Toronto)
 
“This volume of Sacco’s shorter pieces makes an outstanding companion to his acclaimed book-length works… A powerful record of voices that would have otherwise gone largely unheard.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 

About the Author

Joe Sacco is the author of the Eisner Award-winning graphic novels Footnotes in Gaza and Safe Area Goražde, among other books. His works have been translated into fourteen languages and his comics reporting has appeared in Details, The New York Times Magazine, Time, and Harper's. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


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Joe Sacco, one of the world's greatest cartoonists, is widely hailed as the creator of war reportage comics. He is the author of, among other books, Palestine, which received the American Book Award, and Safe Area: Gora�de, which won the Eisner Award and was named a New York Times notable book and Time magazine's best comic book of 2000. Hisbooks have been translated into fourteen languages and his comics reporting has appeared in Details, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Harper's and the Guardian. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Turning life-and-death journalism into comics!?!
David Crumm
If you are truly interested on the world you live in, you cannot live your life without reading this author.
Mateus A. Mariano
Joe Sacco is generally considered one of the finest cartoonists of the day.
Grady Harp

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard Cumming on June 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Joe Sacco is a hard-hitting comics journalist. This compilation of some of his finest reportage takes readers all over the world. Sacco covered a Bosnian war crimes trial at the Hague and he depicts some of the ethnic cleansing that was described in testimony.

We head to Gaza where Sacco the journalist tries to be fair in his portrayal of Israeli settlers and the Palestinians who are being dislodged and treated like sub-humans. His coverage is even-handed. That must have been difficult for him.

Probably the most unusual story here takes place on the island nation of Malta in the Mediterranean. Africans are fleeing Africa and heading north in large numbers to seek better lives. Many of them are washing up on Malta and this is causing lots of problems because the island is already densely populated. Sacco had an unusual advantage there because the Maltese considered him to be an outsider. They assumed that Sacco could not understand them. So they spoke openly in front in front of him. Little did they know that he was actually one of them. Sacco was born there and he understands Maltese. This reporter understood as the Maltese frankly expressed their hatred and racism toward these outsiders. Fascinating stuff.

Sacco's comics are brutally realistic. Excellent pen work. This is one fine collection!
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Joe Sacco is generally considered one of the finest cartoonists of the day. His pithy cartoons with well-drawn characters are not meant to entertain. Quite the opposite, they are meant to inform. Many will remember the cartoons of Bill Mauldin (1921 - 2003) whose `Willie and Joe' depictions of what was going on in the battlegrounds of WW II still stand as an important adjunct to history as condensed by a cartoonist. So it is with Joe Sacco. He travels the globe to war arenas and has published his view of war through his cartoons, a format that allows him to escape the censorship of the war department and bring the realities of what is truly happening to the people back home. He , then, indeed is a war correspondent whose commentary is biting and original.

The contents of this fine book include "The Unwanted," in which Sacco chronicles the detention of Saharan refugees who have washed up on the shores of Malta; "Chechen War, Chechen Women" documents the trial without end of widows in the Caucasus; and "Kushinagar" goes deep into the lives of India's untouchables, who are hanging "onto the planet by their fingernails." Other pieces take Sacco to the smuggling tunnels of Gaza; the trial of Milan Kovacevic, Bosnian warlord, in The Hague; and the darkest chapter in recent American history, Abu Ghraib. And on a mission with American troops--pieces never published in the United States--he confronts the misery and absurdity of the war in Iraq.

For a complete view of the many wars that have happened in the past decade and are continuing to fester in the world today, this book is essential reading. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, June 12
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Crumm on July 2, 2012
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"Show me!" In this YouTube era of media, that's increasingly the demand from an information-hungry public. Newspapers and magazines surviving today seem to put more effort into photos and videos than they do into prose reporting. Clearly, pioneering comic book journalist Joe Sacco has lived long enough to smile at the twists of history that are heading in his direction. Images rule!

What's more: Comics rule! Even the classics are coming back. Are you a fan of Walt Kelly's Pogo? The entire run is coming back as a multi-volume series. Amazon already is listing the September release of Pogo: Bona Fide Balderdash (Vol. 2) (Walt Kelly's Pogo). The 2012 Avengers movie from Walt Disney already is No. 3 on the Worldwide All-Time Box Office list compiled by the Internet Movie DataBase. The top 25 films on that list include movies featuring Spider-Man, Shrek, the Ice Age animals, Transformers, the Lion King, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Lord of the Rings. The No. 1 and No. 2 movies on the list are Avatar and Titanic. Clearly, the list is dominated by fantasy, comic heroes and cartoons. A major section-front story in the New York Times just made this same point in July 2012.

Major publishers are aware of this trend! And that brings us to Joe Sacco, who was formally trained in journalism at the University of Oregon -- but immediately began tearing up the journalism handbook to add new chapters about world news reporting. There's not a writer whose body of work is better described as "love him or hate him" in terms of public reception.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NosParks on February 23, 2013
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Joe Sacco should be mandatory reading in every high school history class. On-the-ground journalism captured in fascinating stories and artwork. Can't wait to read the rest of his work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Gordon Malcomson on November 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This journalist has found the perfect way to deliver the message as to what truly plagues our world: a chronic failure to appreciate each other's point of view. Since it is a condition that bedevils the human race, leading to tragic consequences across the human race, what better way to portray it than to use the comic format as the medium to convey that failing. Sacco, already an award-winning author of "Footnotes in Gaza", a brilliantly controversial expose on life in Gaza internment camps, has released another great study of life in the modern war zones of the Balkans, North Africa, Iraq, India and Chechyna. The reader might be surprised to learn that war takes on a much bigger definition in Sacco's work. Wherever there is political and military conflict between two opposing major forces, the real victims are often helpless individuals that suffer the consequences of somebody else's uncontrolled aggression. We usually have war in its worst form: crimes against humanity involving human suffering. Sacco's reporting on life within communities hit by such atrocities as torture, genocide, persecution, discrimination, rape, segregation and looting is amazingly both subjective and objective. The tales of human misery are balanced by the reactions of an outside world cannot understand the plight of the innocent sufferers. Stories are told from both sides of the issue. The fears of the victors and the fears of the vanq uished are all laid out for inspection in a rational way. The failure to alleviate human suffering in the short-term, resulting from war and oppression, only makes the problem harder to resolve over the long haul. Logically, there is no justifiable reason why war should happen if all it does is perpetuate the terrible notion that some have the power to make other people's perpetually miserable.
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