This Land Is My Land: A Graphic History of Big Dreams, Micronations, and Other Self-Made States

illus. by Sofie Louise Dam. 160p. Chronicle. May 2019. pap. $19.95. ISBN 9781452170183.
In 2015, a young Czech man read on Wikipedia about a disputed bit of land between Serbia and Croatia that neither country wanted. His decision to claim it and call it Liberland, a home for libertarians the world over, didn't go over well with the Croatian government, which has since arrested him. That is only one of 30 fascinating tales of intentional communities, radical ideas, and utopian visions, all gathered in one place and shared in a funny, enlightening graphic format. Organized by category, each short encapsulation highlights a different community's founders and their visions, the ideals upon which it was based, and how it all fell apart or changed over time. Each story is humorous, sobering, and thought provoking, as the advantages and pitfalls of these kinds of communities are laid bare. The colorful format, with speech bubbles and concise, descriptive paragraphs, will keep students engaged, and there's just enough information to encourage further independent research.
VERDICT A fun, intriguing book that is sure to please a variety of readers.–Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA

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