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The Battle of the Bulge


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Writer and artist WAYNE VANSANT (Mableton, GA) was the primary artist for Marvel's The 'Nam for more than five years. Since then, he has written and illustrated many historically accurate books, including Antietam: The Fiery Trial (with the National Park Service) and The Vietnam War: A Graphic History. His most recent publications, all part of Zenith Press's Graphic History series, are Normandy (fall 2012), Gettysburg (spring 2013), Grant vs. Lee (fall 2013), Bombing Nazi Germany (fall 2013), and The Red Baron (spring 2014).


"Bombing Nazi Germany (2013), and The Red Baron (2014, all Zenith) graphic novels, now addresses the major battle that led to Germany's surrender. The photo-realistic and full-color illustrations--Dwight D. Eisenhower, Adolf Hitler, and other major players are authentically captured--add gravity. This work is factual and mostly neutral, not going into the reasons behind the war, only the military strategies employed by each side. Though the book lacks a time line, the maps and detailed descriptions of the tanks used are a nice feature. A useful resource in exploring this historic battle and a fine edition to classrooms as well as libraries. Purchase of the previous titles is recommended for a complete look at the war." - School Library Journal

"The Battle of the Bulge may be his best yet. He ramps up the tension found in his previous books another notch or two in this one, and I found myself turning pages even when my eyes were saying, "Turn off that lamp and go to sleep."... a well-researched narrative that is extremely engaging while still communicating the horrors and the sacrifices that were the Battle of the Bulge. Highly recommended." - Armchair General

"In this sixth military-themed graphic novel for Zenith, Vansant (The Red Baron) literally sketches out an introductory work on one of the most important battles of World War II. He proceeds in a mostly chronological manner, beginning with Hitler's concept for the offensive named "Watch on the Rhine" in September 1944 through the official end of the fight on January 16, 1945. His narrative is broad, ranging from policy decisions at the strategic level and movements of particular units down to actions of small groups or individuals. He mentions atrocities on both sides. The book provides a series of maps that help give a sense of where distinct actions occurred in relation to one another. Verdict This book could serve as a useful introduction to the battle for adult or teen readers." - Library Journal

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