Weapons of Mass Diplomacy

Weapons of Mass Diplomacy

Graphic Novel - 2014
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Publisher: London : SelfMadeHero, 2014
ISBN: 9781906838782
Branch Call Number: GN Lanz
Characteristics: 199 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm


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Jun 09, 2017

Diplomatic insider & artist gives Seinfeld, Yes Minister & Keith Laumer's Relief type of graphic novel just before America invaded Iraq a second time in 2003 post 9/11, but social media infancy.
Snarky moments from his boss from hell dreaming as savior of peace in futuristic galactic civilization, a sofa for US president at the UN building, diplomatic insider under assumed name role playing surreal role-playing games with his girlfriend as weapon inspector & shady arms dealer selling weapon of mass destruction or French diplomatic group scrambled on North Korea nuclear test speech hampered by electrical cable not fitting in host country electrical socket.
Highly recommended for adults.

Mar 01, 2017

I live in this kind of environment and I found it too real to be funny. Having said that the artwork and the narration is clearly well above par. The sarcasm is hard hitting and well crafted. The bow to Tintin and Herge is subtle yet well positioned.
But I wish it wasn't this frustratingly REAL! :)

Sep 22, 2015

If you’re looking for a serious, dry, fact-based investigation of how the U.S. ended up invading Iraq… this is not the book for you. If you’re interested in a (somewhat) fictionalized account of what it’s like to work in international politics when something like that is going down, though, this is perfect.

Lanzac was a French government employee working during the run-up to that invasion. In this graphic novel, he’s represented by Arthur Vlaminck, a young speechwriter hired into the French Foreign Minister’s office. His boss, Alexandre Taillard de Vorms, is indescribably bizarre. However, his boss may also be the best chance the world has for peace.

As a former government employee, activist, and politics junkie, I was fascinated by the depiction of how extremely flawed human beings can play such pivotal roles on the side of justice. Even if they don’t win, and even if their personal philosophies at times seem baffling or worse. My husband isn’t as interested in politics as I am (and he prefers a larger font!) but the ludicrous behavior of the Ministry’s staff, the humor, and the handfuls of geek references grabbed him.

Try this book, and you’ll never look at highlighters again without flinching.


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