<h1 class=“rdheadline”> Devil Dog: The Amazing True Story of the Man Who Saved America by David Talbot, Illustrated by Spain Rodriguez</h1>
<div id=“piStorytext”>Sie waren Teufelshunde.
Er war ein Teufelshund.
Legend has it that the Germans began calling U.S. Marines
“Teufelshunde,” “Devil Dogs,” in France at The Battle of Belleau Wood
during The Great War. It was during his tour of duty in France that our
subject, Smedley Darlington Butler, already the recipient of two Medals
of Honor, would earn the nickname (one of several) of “Old Duckboard.”
But the story begins many years earlier and will result in a surprise
“twist” ending for an American military hero.
http://static.blogcritics.org/10/10/18/146673/Butler.jpgDevil Dog: The Amazing True Story of the Man Who Saved America is one of a series of books from Simon and Schuster to kick off a new genre, “pulp history.”
These books feature lavish illustrations reminiscent of traditional
nineteenth century publications telling little known stories from
history. The books are hard cover with no dust jacket and full color
glossy graphics with garish headlines such as “Unbelievable and ALL
David Talbot, author of Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years,
along with his sister, Margaret Talbot, is the co-creator of the Pulp
History series and has enlisted the talent of highly regarded graphic
artist Spain Rodriguez for Devil Dogs. Talbot chronicles
Butler’s journey to fame and heroism beginning as a teenage Marine
fighting in Cuba. Butler’s assignments in The Boxer Rebellion, The
Banana Wars, and France earn him a distinguished place in American
lore. He becomes the military hero that goes on to dazzle the public
with more exploits in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
If you thought Seven Days in May was really fiction, wait until you read what really happened to Smedley Butler after his war years. Truth really is stranger
than fiction! Like many of our heroes, Butler died much too young but
managed to get several works published and delivered some memorable
speeches. The previously mentioned, “little known stories from history”
are a trivia lovers delight.
Each chapter has at least one full page comic book style story-page.
Photos and reproductions of vintage post cards abound as well as single
page side stories. One such story reveals the origin of the term
“Sandinista” and appears in the chapter that recounts Butler’s Panama Canal adventures
in Central America. Classic maps adorned with images of wild animals
and birds in full color add to the drama and nostalgia that provides an
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