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HARLEM HELLFIGHTERS bestselling author Max Brooks and acclaimed illustrator Caanan White bring this history to life From the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg South Carolina to the trenches in France they tell the heroic story of the 369th in an action packed and powerful tale of honor and hear. Hard to believe there is still resistance by many prominent Americans to bring the true history of the United States of America to the world Many choose to still wear blinders and sanitize events that took place and are still occurring to subjugate and repress a significant portion of its population and to deny those people their part in American history and world events Read the author s note I m not a big fan of graphic novels but I am grateful to the author to use whatever vehicle was available to tell this story Shame on members of the print and visual media who passed on this great opportunity My African American grandfather served in France in WWI but he never talked about his service When asked about his service his countenance would cloud and a frown would come over his face and he would say he didn t want to talk about it Max Brooks has done me a personal favor and a favor to all Americans who want to know the truth Being a graphic novel it leaves little to the imagination about the injustices suffered by these brave black Americans and the horrors of war I was thankful it is printed in black and white I encourage every American to read this It is appropriate for high schoolers and adults The bibliography is a valuable source for further reading on these forgotten hidden heroes

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The Harlem Hellfighters

From bestselling author Max Brooks the riveting story of the highly decorated barrier breaking historic black regiment the Harlem HellfightersIn 1919 the 369th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I They had spent time in combat than any other American unit never losing a foot of ground to the enemy o. As far as I can tell this is a lightly fictionalized account of the Harlem Hellfighters an all black regiment that served in World War I Though American they served for and with a French army that treated them with significantly humanity than that of their own country It s a compelling story that Brooks has made very readable The racism that the regiment encounters can be very difficult to read but it absolutely should be read It s a shame that despite their accomplishments the men of the 369th have been largely forgottenThe art does drag down the story a bit It can be hard to tell what s going on during action scenes and there are places where the violence is so incredibly over the top that it s just plain distracting

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R a man to capture and winning countless decorations Though they returned as heroes this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination even from their own government The Harlem Hellfighters as the Germans called them fought courageously on and off the battlefield to make Europe and America safe for democracyIn THE. This is one of those books that blurs the boundary between kid s picture books and YA ish graphic novels It s being called a graphic novel by many folks on GR not sure if it is advertised that way but is shaped like a picture book and laid out like one The material is too adult for a young picture book crowd I would say the content is appropriate for middle grade or YA While the story is important and fascinating I don t think it s addressed in enough depth to truly be called a graphic novelhistory But I like these form and genre related uestions It s always interesting to me when books don t fall into expected categories The writer originally wanted to make a film on the topic and I hope a film is made or several films because this is not just one story It s many stories It would really enrich American historical and cultural understandings if several of these stories about the war about the music about the soldiers and their families were part of mainstream media and school curricula The art for the most part is fantastic Beautiful There are eerie convergences of beautiful art and violent circumstances There is one page with a piano in a field that is really captivating I highly recommend this book because of the content and the art and I hope it inspires and opens doors for many related works


10 thoughts on “The Harlem Hellfighters

  1. says:

    I love it when graphic novels are used to tell personal or historical stories it's true that they are not just for superheroes Max Brooks said he has been fascinated by the African American infantry regiment known as the Harlem Hellfi

  2. says:

    As far as I can tell this is a lightly fictionalized account of the Harlem Hellfighters an all black regiment that served in World War I Though American they served for and with a French army that treated them with significantly humanity than that of their own country It's a compelling story that Brooks has made very readable The racism that the regiment encounters can be very difficult to read but it absolutely should be read I

  3. says:

    RESEÑA EN ESPAÑOLActual rate 35The Harlem Hellfighters is a uick and yet very educational reading This is the story of an African American regiment and the hardly given acknowledgment of their brave actions during the first world war because of racismMy favorite aspect is the mix of the fictional characters and the real ones such as Henr

  4. says:

    I'm afraid the ratings may be inflated on this book because of the subject matter First of all I find WWI stories fascinating right

  5. says:

    This is one of those books that blurs the boundary between kid's picture books and YA ish graphic novels It's being called a graphic novel by many folks on GR not sure if it is advertised that way but is shaped li

  6. says:

    The facts of the story one of the most decorated units of the war who were not given full respect by the US military leadership during the Jim Crow era are highly compelling The treatment by Brooks is good and the cameos by Eugene B

  7. says:

    This is an excellent book and should be reuired reading in the schools Despite the Racism that these men endured these men have left a lasting mark on history and proven that there is indeed honor and courage Thank you Mr Brooks for

  8. says:

    Written by Max Brooks and illustrated by Caanan White in black and white photo journalist style and very dramatic

  9. says:

    Hard to believe there is still resistance by many prominent Americans to bring the true history of the United States of America to the world Many choose to still wear blinders and sanitize events that took place and are still occurring to subjugate and repress a significant portion of its population and to deny those people their part in American history and world events Read the author's note I'm not a big fan of graphic novels but I am

  10. says:

    Historical fiction packaged as a graphic novel An important story the trials and successes of black American soldiers in WWI introducing plenty of key figures in a sufficiently entertaining effective and poignant packageNon spoiler alert This is not for the faint of heart it's brutal and excuse the pun graphic stuffIn ad