Sunday, February 22, 2009

Alan's War

I just finished Alan's War. It is a wonderful book -- I want to call it a "little" book, but it is over 300 pages, but 300 pages of not very dense or difficult comic art, so it moves quickly. I spent a lot of time talking to WWII vets when I was a guard at The Carnegie -- most of the other guards were retired steelworkers -- and I've read a fair amount about the post-WWII intellectual scene, when European expats got all jumbled up, American GI's went to college on the GI Bill, and how to not blow up the world was a prime concern. Emmanuel Guibert's illustrated biography of an American GI captures the spirit of his specific subject as well as the zeitgeist of the times.

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