Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Story of the Century

I have just finished rereading Howard Chaykin's first two American Century trades, and must say, they're still pretty impressive. For those who don't know, American Century is the story of Harry Kraft, a man who's gotten away with everything you ever wanted to do. After abandoning his former life, Harry resurfaces in Guatemala as a small time smuggler with nothing on his mind but booze, money, and women. When that turns sour he heads back home to the U.S. only to end up as a bodyguard for a rising starlet in Hollywood.

Howard Chaykin and David Tischman weave the quintessential "American" tale in the pages of this book. Guns, booze, women, drugs, goverment scandals, sex, money, and a hero that isn't exactly a hero. It's all here, and it's all brilliantly pencilled by Marc Laming.

This is one of the best collected books out there, and it's well worth your money and time.

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