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08: A Graphic Diary of the Campaign Trail

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A Graphic Retelling Of The Most Historic Election Of Our Time

Beyond the pandering focus groups, the billion-dollar fund-raising machinery, and the relentless myopia of the 24-hour news cycle, it was clear that something deep in the American psyche was stirring as the rumblings of the 2008 election first began. 08’ follows the epic 2008 presidential campaign and its dramati
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Richard
The 2008 presidential campaign told in comics form. This is a fun read with a somewhat snarky tone. The art is pretty bad though. It appears to be traced from photographs, or maybe there is a photoshop tool that turns photos into line drawings. Either way the art seems really lazy and often gives people a terrifying rictus of insanity.
Zack
Perhaps I will come to like this more as time progresses and we get farther and farther away from the election of '08. It's billed as a "Graphic Diary of the Campaign Trail," and (in my experience) diaries make for dull reading when the events described are still fresh in your mind. So perhaps this will have historic value at some point, and as far as that goes it's not badly done. Players you might not recognize are captioned as an aid to memory, and the device of the odd-couple campaign report ...more
Mike
The United States 2008 presidential campaign in pictures and words. Blogs and journals and video may provide a multifaceted view on noteworthy events, but this slim volume illustrated in black and white captures with great clarity the course to the White House. If, as Toni Morrison once indicated, Bill Clinton was the first Black president of the U.S., then Barack Obama is the first Comic Book president. There is something superhero about the man. It is an ancient medium, this détente between wo ...more
Meri
This book gives a concise account of the presidential campaign marathon from 2006 onwards. The authors appear as characters and provide wry commentary on some of the campaigns' more ridiculous moments, sparing no candidate. One of my favorite features was the grotesque exaggeration of candidate's features, punctuating Hillary's frantic denial of her defeat, McCain's exhausted and strange behavior near the end, and Obama's self indulgent trip into celebrity as only the graphic novels can do. The ...more
Lauren
I thought this could be a fun read as we're in the midst of primary season again. I was surprised at how clear the last primaries/election was in my memory as the graphic novel reminded me of the specifics. A graphic novel was an interesting approach as it allowed the artist to include screenshots of television appearances, and other visual snapshots that were so central to the coverage of the elections. It was fun and quick, and probably only really enjoyable because it was such a momentous ele ...more
Benjy
Dan Goldman's Shooting War is one of my favorite graphic novels (it's about blogs and explosions, which makes me pretty much the ideal audience), so I was pretty psyched when I saw he had teamed up with Michael Crowley for a recap of the craziest election ever. The book doesn't disappoint and I have a feeling it will only become better with age as the thousands of tiny (but at the time GIGANTIC)one-day stories that made up the 08 election begin to fade from memory.
Wayne
This is exactly what it says on the cover- a graphic diary of the campaign trail. From the start to the finish, when our country elected it's first black president. It is written and drawn very well. The players look exactly like they do in real life, so there's that.Being glued to the TV like I was for the whole campaign, there's nothing new here, but historically accurate just the same. Will probably be more relevant years from now when this is all behind us.
Donna
This is probably the best political graphic novel I've read. I thought that the "9/11 Report Graphic Adaptation" and follw-up "War on Terror" were too wordy and hard to follow. By concentrating on the main players in the '08 campaign, the authors made their account interesting, exciting, & a lot easier to follow. Any details I was unsure of were easy to look up online using keywords from the brief blocks of text that they include.
Jamie
Doesn't portray Hillary Clinton in a favorable light (visually or character-wise), but a pretty solid overview of the primaries and general election, highlighting the bumps in the road and turning points in Obama's and McCain's presidential campaigns.
Whitney
I enjoyed this book mainly because they told the stories behind each candidate without favoring one over the other. It was an enjoyable read and one I would recommend to teens to learn more about getting involved with politics and debates...
Bryce
Yup, I cried at the end, even though I knew what was coming. (Spoiler alert--it's not McCain!) A very thorough reminder of the craziness that was the 08 election, with some awesome illustrations.
Sara
VERY dense and complicated, explains some people/politicians well and glosses over other ideas, so it's not as much for the novice as I hoped.
Barron
It's weird to relive the campaign--since the events were landmarks in a journalistic life, it's like reliving the past two years.
Stacey
Just in case anyone can't recall every intense moment of the very long campaign, this book provides an easy refresher.
Matt
Pretty good graphic remembering of the just completed election. Maybe a little thin, but enjoyable and quick.
S
Mar 08, 2010 S marked it as ran-out-of-library-renewals
Though initially I was really interested in this, for some reason I just could not get through it.
Anthony
Just dreadful. No insight whatsover. Not every story translates well into a graphic novel!
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