Book Review: The Plot

11 August, 2009 § 2 Comments

After talking with a friend of mine about World War II, he mentioned that he had a book that I might be interested in. When I met him this past Sunday for our weekly poetry meeting, he gave me a copy of the book.

“The Plot” by Will Eisner is a graphic novel that covers the history of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion“. “The Protocols” is a document authored by Mathieu Golovinski that describes the so-called plan for the Jewish leaders of the world to take over. There has been much proof and many rulings that have claimed this work to be false and that it is in fact a plagiarism of  “The Dialogue in Hell Between Machiavelli and Montesquiue” by Marice Joly.

Joly wrote his book to compare Napolean III, the current emperor of France in 1878, to Niccolò Machiavelli, a man regarded for his “use of cunning and deceitful tactics in politics or in general“. When Russia faced political unrest in the early 1900s, Golovinski was assigned to produce propaganda that would lay blame to the Jewish citizens of Russia for all of the problems.

“The Protocols” has since been translated to numerous languages and cited by the likes of famous antisemites Adolf Hitler, Anwar Sadat, Henry Ford, and Louis Farrakhan.

The opening quote of the novel says that “whenever one group of people is taught to hate another, a lie is created to inflame the hatred and justify a plot”. Previous to reading the graphic novel, I had never heard of “The Protocols”. After learning of them, I feel that I have a better understanding as to why there is so much hate towards the Jewish people of the world. The spread of these lies continues to this day.

The production of “The Protocols” has led to many lost lives and even more hatred. It is no wonder that when a new book or film enters the market that contains possible antisemitic content such as The Passion of Christ or Borat that Jews and their allies worry for their safety.

At 148 pages, the book is a quick read. I read the book over three days (maybe totaling 4 or 5 hours). I appreciate the book recommendation and will be adding it to my recommend reading page. Thanks Ken.

§ 2 Responses to Book Review: The Plot

  • A.J. says:

    The only two graphic novels I recall reading are Watchmen and Understanding Comics. Is this the only graphic novel you’ve read? If not what others have you read?

  • msujaws says:

    Hey A.J., this is the second graphic novel that I have read. The first graphic novel was back in fifth grade or so and is called Maus.

    I never got too much in to comics, but the graphic novels seem easier to get in to because I don’t feel like I need to catch up with the story when I pick up the book.

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