Graphic Violence

There’s no quicker way to lose a teenager’s interest than to bring up the subject of history.

But say the words, “Graphic violence,” and suddenly they’re paying attention again.

History is already filled with violence (seriously, take all the wars out of a history book and you’re left with a thin pamphlet). Now all you have to do is make it graphic, and you have a brilliant way of teaching history to kids.

That’s the aim of a new book by Wayne Vansant, The Graphic History of Gettysburg. It’s an exciting, fast-paced telling of the landmark Civil War battle, told in comic book form.

And, yes, it’s got guns and explosions and blood spraying everywhere. Just enough to keep kids tuned in like it’s an episode of The Walking Dead.

The book describes the period leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg, and includes charts and portraits of all the major players in the battle.

But Vansant wastes little time getting to the heat of the battle. His illustrations put you right in among the troops on both sides. The descriptions and dialogue are simple and straightforward, allowing readers with no prior knowledge of Gettysburg to follow the action and to understand why things happened the way they did.

Gettysburg is widely recognized as the turning point of the Civil War, so it’s vital for kids to learn why and how it happened. With the 150th Anniversary of the battle coming up in July, The Graphic History of Gettysburg is a great introduction to an important time in our nation’s history.

If you have a kid, or an adult, who nods off at the mere mention of history, these kinds of books might just be the spark that gets them interested.

Thanks to the good people at Zenith Press, I have TWO COPIES of The Graphic History of Gettysburg to give away! Simply leave a comment on this post, telling me your favorite time period in history, and why. I’ll pick a winner next week!

7 thoughts on “Graphic Violence

  1. I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but I always thought that I should have been born in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. I would have made a great schoolmarm somewhere in the wild west! :)

  2. My favorite period of history is the period between World War One and World War Two. Speaking of wars being the landmarks of history, this time seems so interesting because the past is coexisting with the future as it is developing. So much of the technology we have today had their beginnings during this time including computers. Art, design, and architecture also had amazing successes. War is definitely terrible but it does seem to spur on these leaps forward.

  3. I’ve long been fascinated with Europe’s Middle Ages. The period wasn’t just a dark period between the Roman Empire and the Enlightenment. It is terribly intriguing because it was 1,000 years of constant change and tremendous innovation and creativity. Europe grew from rural society to grand civilization.

  4. This looks awesome! Ethan’s a bit too young for it, I’d think, but great to know this is out there. I’m sure I’d enjoy it, anyway.

    Favorite time period….hmm. The 1940s. I’m fascinated by the war culture, the style, and the music even.

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