Eugene V. Debs: A Graphic Biography

Eugene V. Debs: A Graphic Biography

A graphic biography of socialist labor legend Eugene V. Debs

Eugene Victor Debs led the Socialist Party in the early twentieth-century to federal and state office across the country, helped to pioneer a fighting union politics that organized all workers, and became the beloved figurehead of American radicalism. Imprisoned for speaking out against World War I, Debs ran for president from prison, receiving over one million votes. Debs's story is the story of labor battles in industrializing America, of a socialist politics grown directly out of the American Midwest heartland, and of a distinctly American vision of socialism.

With the campaign of Bernie Sanders, the rise of mass movements like Occupy and Black Lives Matter, and the Wall Street Crash of 2008, socialism has once again made itself felt in American politics. This graphic biography, published in collaboration with the Democratic Socialists of America--whose growing membership, spurred by Trump's election and Bernie Sanders' campaign, has reached heights not seen among socialist parties since the 1920s--is geared toward a new generation exploring socialist and working-class radicalism in the past and the present.

Noah Van Sciver's dynamic illustrations are paired with short, accessible framing essays by Paul Buhle, noted historian of the U.S. left, with Dave Nance and Steve Max.

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    Eugene V. Debs: A Graphic Biography Reviews

  • Dave Schaafsma

    Okay, there are some problems with this biography of the great Democratic Socialist and labor activist Eugene Debs but I am going to encourage lefties and righties alike to check it out. I read it bec...

  • Peacegal

    Great topic for a graphic bio on a vitally important subject. Ideas championed by Debs continue to be widely discussed, argued, and championed to this day. I agree with the other reviewers who said th...

  • Nick

    The parts of this book that were actually about Mr. Debs were interesting and informative. Oddly, the book wanders away from his life for the last few years of it, and skips over his meeting with Pres...

  • Eric Lee

    The colourful Eugene V. Debs would make a wonderful subject for a graphic novel but unfortunately, this is not the book I'd recommend. A text-heavy graphic novel that cannot decide if it's "Debs for b...

  • Michael Daines

    This book is so painfully scattered. If you already know most of the history, you might grasp things as a series of highlights, but there is no clear narrative. It would be rather difficult to come aw...

  • Meepelous

    Finding out that this book was written by three people does make me feel slightly better about the fact that I didn't really feel like the personality of the author came through - which I do prefer in...

  • David

    Wonderful! Something to cheer you up! About a great American... also has nuance...

  • Tanroop

    I found this to be quite strange- there seemed to be little flow to the book, and the panels often felt disjointed and devoid of wider context. There were multiple times that I had to check if I had m...

  • Clare

    In the interest of seeing whether it would be worth doing another graphic novel book club to follow up on the success (not mine) of the Red Rosa event in January, I borrowed Paul M. Buhle et al's E...

  • Emma Soucy

    This book was a phenomenal disappointment. Firstly, it is certainly not a biography of Eugene V. Debs, so much as a overview of the American Labor movement with a light emphasis on Debs.The written (n...