Herblock: The Life and Works of the Great Political Cartoonist

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A celebration of the man and his work, including a DVD with 18,000-plus cartoons.

There was no one like him. Throughout a career spanning seventy-two years and thirteen American presidents, Herblock’s spare, folksy cartoons made complex issues seem simple and moral choices clear. Syndicated throughout the country, his cartoons focused on important issues of the time, making Americans take note of the human folly that is politics.

Published in conjunction with a Library of Congress exhibition chronicling his life and times, Herblock will warm the hearts of all who have followed his work in the past and serve as an introduction of his work to a new generation. It is a celebration of his life that reinforces the importance of editorial cartoons as a vital means for expressing political opinion in America. Haynes Johnson provides a reverent and insightful biography, while Harry Katz places Herblock and his work in context. In addition to more than two hundred fifty cartoons in the text, a DVD containing more than 18,000 cartoons completes the collection. 256 cartoons

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About the Author:

Herbert Block, commonly known as Herblock (1909―2001), was an American editorial cartoonist and author best known for his commentary on national domestic and foreign policy from a liberal perspective.

Harry L. Katz is the former head curator of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress and the author of Baseball Americana and Herblock. He lives in Del Mar, California.

Haynes Johnson is the author of Divided We Fall: Gambling with History in the Nineties. He lives in Washington, DC.

From The Washington Post:

From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com Reviewed by Michael Sims Over the past three centuries, editorial cartoonists have been the watchdogs of political change. Just think of Daumier's lampooning of King Louis-Philippe, or the famous broken snake in the "Join, or Die" cartoon that encouraged barely cooperating American colonies to unite for the common good, or Thomas Nast's sniper attacks on Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall. Nast would have loved Herbert Block, who gained fame as Herblock, the longtime cartoonist for The Washington Post. Like his predecessor, Block united in a single mind irony, outrage and a mastery of symbolism. He knew that there are no more predictable constants in any society than hypocrisy, opportunism and exploitation, and he described the political cartoon as "essentially a means for . . . puncturing pomposity." This irresistible new book, with commentary by Haynes Johnson and Harry Katz, accompanies a Library of Congress exhibition celebrating the centennial of Block's birth and includes a CD that punctures pomposity with more than 18,000 cartoons. Block coined the term "McCarthyism" and foresaw the threat of Hitler and the risk of dependence on foreign oil. He attacked the brutality and hypocrisy of segregation and Jim Crow. He mocked Ronald Reagan's endless waffling and Bill Clinton's moral hypocrisy. And he hounded Richard Nixon for decades. But Block wasn't just a fighter. "For creative pleasure," he wrote, "the little black ink bottle contains everything from a picture of a pompous politico down the street to a drawing of planets swirling around in space." Block's strong ink lines and masterful lithographic pencil are sensuous pleasures. On every page, you can see his enjoyment in drawing, from the noir shading of unemployed workers during the Depression to the gleeful caricature of Jimmy Carter finding Ted Kennedy in his medicine cabinet. Even in a condemnation of gun violence, Block beautifully renders the walnut grip panel of a German Luger. No wonder countless people in power considered Block's combination of anger and artistry dangerous. bookworld@washpost.com
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