'The Great War' Through a Cartoonist's Eyes

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The bloody battles of World War I have been memorialized in classics such as "All Quiet On the Western Front" and through the verse of poets like Wilfred Owen. Now, cartoonist Joe Sacco revisits those trenches with his newest work, "The Great War," a 24-foot long drawing depicting the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, called the bloodiest 24 hours in the history of the British military. Joe Sacco and journalist and historian Adam Hochschild join us to discuss the art and impact of The Great War.

The Great War by Joe Sacco from WW Norton on Vimeo.


Joe Sacco, cartoonist, journalist and illustrator of "The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme"; his other books include "Palestine" and "Footnotes in Gaza"

Adam Hochschild, journalist and author of "To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion: 1914-1918"; he also wrote the introduction to "The Great War"