War Is Boring

War Is Boring

Bored Stiff, Scared to Death in the World's Worst War Zones

Graphic Novel - 2010
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The war memoir as graphic novel-an utterly unforgettable and highly original look at war in the 21st century.

Street battles with spears and arrows in sweltering East Timor. Bone- jarring artillery duels in Afghanistan's mountains. Long patrols on the sandy wastes of southern Iraq. For four years, war was life for David Axe. He was alternately bored out of his mind and completely terrified. It was strangely addictive.

As a correspondent for The Washington Times , C-SPAN and BBC Radio, Axe flew from conflict to conflict, reveling in death, danger, and destruction abroad while, back in D.C., his apartment gathered dust, his plants died, and his relationships withered. War reporting was physically, emotionally, and financially draining-and disillusioning. Loosely based on the web comic of the same name, with extensive new material, War Is Boring takes us to Lebanon and Somalia; to arms bazaars across the United States; to Detroit, as David tries to reconnect with his family-and to Chad, as David attempts to bring attention to the Darfur genocide.

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Publisher: New York :, New American Library,, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780451230119
Branch Call Number: GN AXE
Characteristics: viii, 124 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Bors, Matt


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Feb 22, 2016

He is way cooler than you or me, but he has interesting stories to tell, and perspective on why he does what he does. Never forget that he's cooler than you, though.

Sep 17, 2013

The illustrations are okay, but the author's stories are a little self-obsessed. Okay.

_hollister_ Jun 14, 2012

meh... this book was a little boring to me, about a journalists experiances reporting in wars. definetely not a comic book for kids though.

Aaron_McGuire Jun 24, 2011

I've been following David Axe's blog (also called War is Boring) for awhile. Definitely cool to see an illustrated version of the events behind some of his articles and posts, especially strung together into a personal narrative. If you like this, check out the blog and look up some of the political cartoons of Matt Bors, the cartoonist.

sit_walk Dec 15, 2010

An interesting book, the story of an adrenalin-addicted journalist who seeks out stories in war zones for reasons that he has trouble articulating. A bit too macho and self-aggrandizing for my liking but a different perspective on the world, which is always a good thing.


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Apr 04, 2012

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