Book Reviews Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History. By trevor r. getz and liz clarke. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. 208 pp. $15.95 (paper). Abina and the Important Men joins a prestigious, if limited, selection of works that transgress the boundary between "traditional history" and comic books. Such works, which include The Plot: The Secret Story of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (2005), written by the father of the graphic novel himself, Will Eisner, and to some degree or another Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis (volumes 1  and 2 ), Art Spiegelman's Maus series, Joe Sacco's Palestine (2002), and even Jim Ottaviani's Suspended in Language: Niels Bohr's Life, Discoveries, and the Century He Shaped (2004), add new dimensions to questions of historical interpretation and analysis. Indeed the list of graphic novels that are ideal additions to the history classroom is rather extensive, but as with the examples above, few graphic novels are intended to be histories, and even fewer are authored by trained historians. Of course historicity need not be proven, as with Suspended in Language and The Plot, by extensive notes and bibliographies nor by the author's graduate degree, as Trevor Getz himself
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