Illustrated History

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Homeland: The Illustrated History of the State of Israel” by Marv Wolfman, Mario Ruiz, William J. Rubin (Kindle Edition)

National Jewish Book Award winner. Depicting the history of Israel from biblical Abraham to the present, this sophisticated, full-color graphic adaptation is academically grounded, guiding readers through highlights both in historical detail and from Israel’s world view. History, religion, politics, and the current Middle East situation are all given comprehensive coverage in the text, which opens in a university setting with a professor teaching a series of sessions on Middle East/Near East modern history, beginning with Israel.

With painted art that jumps right off the page, this crash course is an absorbing way for readers to absorb, understand, and retain key information about 4,000 years of complicated history. The second edition, updated through July 2008, includes the Winograd Commission Report on the war in Lebanon, the threat to Israel by Iran, and Israel’s 60th anniversary as a State.

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/Boxed and 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… In my opinion, I would want a copy of this comic in every kid’s hands over the age of twelve. I do not mean just Jewish children, I mean every child.  I do not assume they would bore that easy with a teacher’s study guide… which i would hope comes soon

And now to the adults, this volume is great for the coffee table set. Nevertheless, take it off the table and read it too. However, I think the art is so well versed, I which there were prints available for framing of some of Ruiz’s craftmanship.

For comic/graphic novel fans out there, this book will thrill them, just whisper Marv Wolfman’s name….
For the history buff, this will intrigue them, it is about an ancient civilization….
For the arsty set, the artwork along will immerse them in masterful images…
For the future Bar Mitzvah boy or Bas Mitvah girl (or their families), this is a great gift to add to their religious library….
For the non Jewish religious ones on your list, the text will still engross them…
And for those who just like a coffee table book which stands out above the rest, this book will suit those

For whatever reason you choose, this book is a gift that keeps giving… So get it (Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOWORLD)

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

Homeland: The Illustrated History of the State of Israel” by Marv Wolfman, Mario Ruiz, William J. Rubin is available for iPhone,  iPod Touch,  iPad with free Amazon app  (download app – here).

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 14239 KB
Publisher: Nachshon Press LLC (April 1, 2007)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
Price: $11.74 (Buy now)

Paperback: $14.55  (Order now)

 

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