Book Review: Journalism


Unlike most comic artists, Joe Sacco reports from hot spots like Malta, Gaza, Chechnya, and Iraq, finding characters like Zara, a Chechen living in an abandoned dairy, and a nameless Iraqi soldier who weeps as his US trainer bullies him with calisthenics. Journalism, Sacco’s new greatest-hits collection, includes his personal take on each assignment and whether it succeeded. The book has all the heft of a historical document that lays out the horrors of war in black and white.

This review originally appeared in our July/August issue of Mother Jones. 

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