The Complete Idiot's Guide to US History Graphic

The Complete Idiot's Guide to US History Graphic Illustrated History comes alive Presented in a high impact graphic novel format The Complete Idiot's Guider to US History Graphic Illustrated is a visually exciting and easy to understand alternative to boring textbooks Innovative design and lively illustrations transport readers back in time to witness these events and The changing lives of the Native Americans The abolishment of slavery The achievement of suffrage The scandals wars and assassinations of the twentieth century America's famous and infamous historical figures First off to the publishers of The Complete Idiot's Guide To go F^k yourselves heh hehI resent this trademarked marketing ploy of insulting the readerThat said I did get this from the library so I am guilty of reading one of their booksAs a history refresher for someone who likes graphic novels this was very good But it IS NOT AN ALTERNATIVE TO YOUR BORING TEXTBOOK as is advertised In fact if it were than this book would be responsible for making MORE complete idiots and not fewerEach panel states an historical fact and then illustrates it with an image and the dialogue within the panel is usually a joke sometimes to serve as an example and other times to highlight one finer point As a refresher this works well for someone who already knows the history As a history book that skips right to the good parts it is an EPIC FAIL Everything is so oversimplified it ends up kinda stupid Very nice but with a right wing bias Humorous thorough respectful of minorities and Native Americans but said Thomas Jefferson was allied with Republicans repeated it six times without ever revealing those Republicans had nothing to do with the Republican Party Painted everything FDR did as shady even the New Deal and Social Security; and wrote off any responsibility Reagan had for Iran Contra the stratospheric rise in poverty homelessness Annoying because overall I like it but that bias is pernicious “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to US History Graphic Illustrated” in many ways is a worthwhile outline of some aspects of American history though in truth it is a deeply flawed and deeply biased work In general there is a lot labor history in this book than I expected though some of Hite’s coverage of labor history is appalling and that is a good thing It is written in an often witty and sometimes genuinely humorous manner that actually in enjoyable to read especially when accompanied with the illustrations of Hendrix However there is a very strange right wing bias that pervades much of the work For example I have read many books on American history and I have seldom read a biased attack against FDR than Hite’s He attacks FDR and his policies from Social Security to all aspects of the New Deal and later Johnson’s Great Society programs mercilessly Even troubling the last section—“Part Five” covering 1945 now is actually titled “Tear Down this Wall” and there is a long uote from Ronald Reagan beginning the chapter—evidence of the insipid and plastic idolatrous cult of this truly “Teflon” and demented icon for unbridled corporate avarice As someone who grew up in the deteriorating “Rust Belt” of Michigan during the Reagan era and saw the country taken into 3 trillion dollars’ worth of debt under his bloated military expenditures his support for the unprecedented rise of corrupt finance capital and unmitigated corporate power at the expense of the working class and poor the perception that Reagan somehow saved America or the world is revolting to me morally and academically He was the bad actor poster boy for corporate America and much of our fall as a nation can be traced to policies that were put into place under his presidency You would think the opposite in reading Hite’s near hagiographic writing on Reagan There are uotes from Reagan than any other historical figure in this book Truly insipid And the coverage of the right wing Republican backed policies of Clinton and George W Bush make one wish the book had ended in the late ‘80’s There is some very good coverage of historical events that is not characteristic of someone who in other cases shows a right wing bias and for others well it is near fascist For example when dealing with the murder of protesters at Kent State and Jackson State there seems like an attempt to justify the murders of protesters by National Guardsmen “The invasion of Cambodia damaged the American war effort than it did the North Vietnamese radicals bombed or burned 30 ROTC buildings and campus protests exploded again At Kent State and Jackson State National Guard and police fired on protesters killing six” 165 Again I have read many books on American history from many perspectives and have never seen a paragraph deal with these murders of unarmed protesters in this way Hite makes it seem almost as if the National Guard and police were defending themselves This is not the case And he uses language that truly condones murder under the façade of objectivity It seems that in many ways the book is politically correct updated for the 2000’s version of the right wing pretense not well acted of “compassionate conservatism” Hite is very confused about the history of the word “republican” and its associations throughout American history as well using and misusing it with a little concern for truth and being fair and balanced as FOX News If you want a real history lesson buy A People's History of American Empire

  • ebook
  • 208 pages
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to US History Graphic Illustrated
  • Kenneth Hite
  • 06 July 2016
  • 9781101060285

About the Author: Kenneth Hite

Kenneth Hite born September 15 1965 is a writer and role playing game designer Author of Trail of Cthulhu and Night's Black Agents role playing games Hite has been announced as the lead designer of the upcoming 5th edition of Vampire the Masuerade

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