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Continuing right where the first book left off, The Cartoon History of the Universe II once again combines Gonick's superb cartooning with the lessons of history. Find out what Lynn Johnston, creator of For Better of Worse, calls "a gift to those of us who love to laugh and who love to learn." Part II contains volumes 8 to 13, from the Springtime of China to the Fall of Rome (and India, too!).
Gonick has done it again with a diffuse but deep excavation into early civilizations from ancient China to the Germanic tribes. In some ways, Gonick asks a lot of American readership's occidental training by detailing every dynastic hotshot from the Orient. This also being a fertile time for the development of religious cults, Gonick spends much time on Christ (whom he insists on calling "Jeshua ben Joseph"), Confucius, (not, one might note, Lao Tsu or K'ung fu-tsze), Buddha and the like. Gonick's main focus is not to outline the contributions that allowed their teachings to survive the centuries, but rather to humanize them, and some come across as fanatical seekers simply looking for a following, a good meal, a wicked battle, a girlfriend or a shower. The artist's style is versatile and engaging, and his asides, puns and parenthetical references do much to keep the reader's attention throughout this tome, but that cannot entirely make up for the fact that some of this history is just plain dry. However, aficionados of cartoon blood, backstabbing, sex and history will love this volume, and might find a place for it near their encyclopedias.
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These books deeply offended me. As a person who loves history and graphic novels, I can't stress enough how brutal and bigoted this series was. Read morePublished on July 15 2012 by Brent Wiley
This second book in the Cartoon History of the Universe series is every bit as good as the first! This book is extremely well researched, and is a great overview of many of the... Read morePublished on Dec 12 2003 by Patrick Beaudry
Never has history been so fun, or so understandable. Gonick really adds substance to dates and facts and his subtle humor can really make you question about long-held beliefs you... Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by Eric Nanneman
One of the best books on history! I love this book! It has everything you will ever need to know about this timeframe. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2003
Not as interesting as the first one, but it still has its great parts, which is almost all of it. If you want your kids to learn about history, you probably can't do better than... Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2003 by Lauren Ormston
In anticipation of of times of mental distress where a delightful, quick, and cheap escape is needed, I always have two sets of books near by: The story of Civilization (Will... Read morePublished on June 1 2002 by M. Saleh
This book is not as entertaining as the earlier volume. But it does cover a lot of history, and certainly is one way to get kids today learning some history. Read morePublished on April 24 2002 by Amazon Customer
Gonick is educating thousands. Strangely, but doing it nonetheless.Published on Nov. 23 2001 by Amazon Customer
If you love history and you love the irreverence of Mad magazine, you will love this gem. Accurate, blunt and fun fun fun.Published on Oct. 5 2001 by M. Henson