The Harlem Hellfighters. In , the th infantry regiment marched home triumphantly from World War I. They had spent more time in combat than any other. From bestselling author Max Brooks, the riveting story of the highly decorated, barrier-breaking, historic black regiment—the Harlem Hellfighters. Harlem Hellfighters, the fact-based graphic novel by World War Z author Max Brooks, is getting the limited-series treatment from History.

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Max Brooks is a hellfghters storyteller and drew me in from the first page. Open Preview See a Problem? Enemy troops looking like gaggles of idiots with exclamation points over their heads before they’re suckered into slaughter.

Thanks to the writing of Max Brooks and the illustrations of Caanan White, this will change. Adams subsequently volunteers the th for this duty. Many choose to still wear blinders and sanitize events that took place heplfighters are still occurring to subjugate and repress a significant portion of its population, and to deny those people their part in American history and world events.

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Jun 29, Tracey rated it it was ok. A frustrated Mark, insisting that he is fighting a “white man’s war”, transfers to a harldm unit. The Hellfighters broooks honored for their service in World War I: The French soldiers show a foreign level of acceptance and tolerance of the newly instilled black presence. This book describes the advent of the machine gun, without the change in battle strategy.


Nov 08, Paul rated it really liked it. This flew by like a good movie. He is a graduate of Pitzer College. Mark’s friend David Scott is killed by a sniper on their first day in the trenches whilst naively peeking into no man’s land. The facts of the story – one of the most decorated units of the war who hellfighterz not given full respect by the US military leadership during the Jim Crow era – are highly compelling.

In addition to the war scenes, we also get stories of the racism the Hellfighters experienced gellfighters they were training in the American South.

Retrieved 12 April Mark is soon arrested by military police after defending himself against a provocation by white soldiers. But it’s good and worth reading. This article is about the graphic novel. The racism that the regiment encounters can be very difficult to read, but it absolutely should be read.

The 15th is headed by Lieutenant Adams and Sergeant Mandla. History you weren’t taught in school, served up with righteous passion.

You can find an interesting interview with the author on their site: The soldiers, though all black, come from a diverse array of backgrounds, classes, harrlem cultures, leading to some initial internal strain. I thought, “What can you expect from a man who writes about zombies most of the time? Yet this is incompatible with how Brooks and White depict battles, which is all Action Movie hsrlem of these badasses shooting and stabbing their enemies to death.


The author has said the story started as a script he’s been floating around Hollywood and adapted it to a graphic novel. It’s a compelling story, that Brooks has made very readable.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. View all 3 comments. My favorite aspect is the mix of the fictional characters and the real ones, such as Henry Johnson. But the truth’s got an ugly way of killin’ nice stories.

The Harlem Hellfighters

Sony Pictures has purchased the rights to create a film version of the novel, with Caleeb Pinkett and James Lassiter producing on behalf of Overbrook Entertainment under helpfighters leadership of Will Smith. Though they returned as heroes, this African American unit faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government. In some ways this came true and in some ways as they came back to see fanfare that mainly came to whites… well… but this is an important contribution to history and African American history in particular.