The Great War
July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme
Joe Sacco

With Adam Hochschild

Recommended by Paul, City Lights Books

From "the heir to R. Crumb and Art Spiegelman" (Economist) comes a monumental, wordless depiction of the most infamous day of World War I

Launched on July 1, 1916, the Battle of the Somme has come to epitomize the madness of the First World War. Almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed and another 40,000 were wounded that first day, and there were more than one million casualties by the time the offensive halted. In The Great War, acclaimed cartoon journalist Joe Sacco depicts the events of that day in an extraordinary, 24-foot- long panorama: from General Douglas Haig and the massive artillery positions behind the trench lines to the legions of soldiers going "over the top" and getting cut down in no-man's-land, to the tens of thousands of wounded soldiers retreating and the dead being buried en masse. Printed on fine accordion-fold paper and packaged in a deluxe slipcase with a 16-page booklet, The Great War is a landmark in Sacco's illustrious career and allows us to see the War to End All Wars as we’ve never seen it before.

Title The Great War
Subtitle July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme
Author Joe Sacco
With Adam Hochschild
Publisher W. W. Norton
Title First Published 14 October 2013
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages 54 p.
ISBN-10 0393088804
ISBN-13 9780393088809
Publication Date 14 October 2013
Main content page count 54
Weight 32 oz.

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