The Lives of Sacco & Vanzetti
By Rick Geary
(NBM Publishing, Hardcover, 9781561636051, 80pp.)
Publication Date: August 2011
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Rick Geary tackles the most controversial case of the 20th century. Anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti were accused of robbery and murder but so many supposedly damning pieces of evidence were questionable their guilty verdict elicited massive protests around the world. Geary presents us with all the twists and turns, appeals and dubious evidence after presenting us the human face of the two men, demonized by many, turned to martyrs by many others in his usual unflappable way.
An award-winning cartoonist and illustrator, Rick Geary has worked for Marvel Entertainment Group, DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, and Heavy Metal, and has contributed to National Lampoon and The New York Times Book Review.
"Chalk one more up for the history books and another great contribution to the country's wealth of graphic lit." Kirkus Reviews (August 2011)
"Multiple stars for accessibility to difficult subject matter, fine art work, skillful narrative flow, and well documented research. Treats the politically motivated executions of the titular Italian immigrants with just due. The book will serve as a good alternative text in American history and social studies courses." www.blog.SchoolLibraryJournal.com (September 2011)
"The quiet effectiveness of Geary's consciously old-fashioned drawing style is reinforced by his thorough recreation of period details." Booklist (October 2011)
"Geary's historical mysteries always sparkle with clarity, both in the artwork and plot, and in this book he also resists the urge to decide that one side was right, all while giving the reader the most up-to-date information possible." Teacher Librarian (December 2011)
"His art, as always, is ceaselessly expressive and charming, but let's also give credit to this modern American master as one whose complete craft is at its peak." —Miami Herald (November 6, 2011)
"If anyone can bring an eighty year story to life, Geary is the man for the job. He tells the story with aplomb and allows another generation of students to see this case." —Library Media Connection (January 2012)