Joe Sacco

Joe Sacco is a renowned Maltese-American journalist and cartoonist, best known for his comics journalism. His work combines meticulous reporting with graphic storytelling, often focusing on war and conflict zones. Notable works include 'Palestine' and 'Footnotes in Gaza', which have earned him critical acclaim and numerous awards. Sacco's unique approach to storytelling has made significant contributions to both comics and journalism.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. Safe Area: Gorazde

    "Safe Area: Gorazde" is a graphic novel that provides a harrowing and deeply personal account of the Bosnian War, focusing on the experiences of the inhabitants of GoraĹžde, a Bosnian enclave that was declared a UN "safe area" during the conflict. Through a blend of journalism and art, the book portrays the daily struggles, horrors, and resilience of the people who lived through the siege, as well as the complexities of the war. The author's immersive storytelling and detailed illustrations bring to light the human cost of war, the failures of international intervention, and the enduring spirit of those who survived amidst the chaos and violence of the early 1990s.

    The 6907th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Palestine

    The book is a graphic novel that combines the artistry of comics with the in-depth reporting of investigative journalism to explore the complexities of life in the West Bank and Gaza Strip during the early 1990s. Through a series of personal interviews, the author vividly portrays the daily struggles and enduring spirit of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation. The narrative weaves together historical context, cultural insights, and the poignant stories of individuals, offering a nuanced and humanizing perspective on a conflict often reduced to political talking points. The graphic novel's stark black-and-white illustrations serve to amplify the emotional impact of the testimonies and the harsh realities of the Palestinian experience.

    The 8185th Greatest Book of All Time