The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti

The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti

Graphic Novel - 2011
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"The fourth entry in Geary's chronicling of famous XXth century murders tackles the extremely controversial case of Italian immigrants Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. Geary delves into his most political case yet in this series, however, all his favorite elements are there: the murders are unsolved, the attention of the media is tremendous, there are multiple theories as to what really happened. What's unusual about this particular event is how this polarized and galvanized the world. A possibly biased judge they could never get rid of no matter how many appeals, thanks to Massachusetts law, and a prevailing attitude, especially among the ruling elite, about eradicating anarchists and communists, may have contributed to what many decried as a monkey court trial. Many pieces of evidence were inconclusive, much testimony questionable. Riots erupted all over the world. They lived in a time when class differences were at a raw edge worldwide, the US included, and this struck far too many as more evidence of repression by the ruling elite. In this volume, we are not dealing with some outlandish fait divers but a clash of classes and a justice system that may have failed to treat these men with any equanimity. The tension throughout the book is palpable as a result"--Publisher's wbe site.
Publisher: New York :, NBM/ComicsLit,, [2011]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781561636051
Branch Call Number: GN GEAR
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Sacco & Vanzetti


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Mar 31, 2019

An accessible read, that presents the complexities of this case in concise way. I wish that the author would have explained the historical context in a little more depth, however that would have probably increased the book's complexity.

Mar 22, 2017

Everyone studies this case in history class - but this is a far cry from a dry, just-the-facts textbook version of the story. When it comes to historical graphic novels, nobody does it better than Rick Geary. His books are as entertaining as fiction - and the fact that they're true stories makes them all the more dramatic. In this volume, Geary once again displays his keen eye for detail and deep insight into human nature as he explores one of the most controversial cases in American history. A must-read if you're a history buff or true crime fan - or just enjoy a well-told tale.


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