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Drawn & Quartered: The History of American Political Cartoons

Hess, Stephen;Northrop, Sandy

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ISBN 10: 1880216396 / ISBN 13: 9781880216392
Published by Elliott & Clark Pub, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., 1996
Condition: As New Hardcover
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1996 First Printing book, as new condition book and jacket, the book is packed full of political cartoons from the early 1800 to present, rectangle book with red boards, tan and white lettering, no markings anywhere in book, appears unread, collectible. Bookseller Inventory # 000300

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Title: Drawn & Quartered: The History of American ...

Publisher: Elliott & Clark Pub, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

Chronicles the nation's highs and lows in an extensive collection of cartoons that span the entire history of American political cartooning. The authors note that not all cartoonists have worn white hats many have perpetuated demeaning ethnic stereotypes, slandered honest politicians, and oversimplified complex issues. Nonetheless, most cartoonists pride themselves on attacking honestly, if ruthlessly. This collection humorously recounts some direct hits, recalling the discomfort of the cartoon's targets and the delight of their readers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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It's hard to imagine a book on this topic that's better than Drawn and Quartered. Authors Stephen Hess and Sandy Northrop have created a history that is lucid, authoritative, and fun. The profuse illustrations are, as one would expect, varied and entertaining. Even better, the cartoons featured do an excellent job of demonstrating the evolution of political cartooning from Ben Franklin (America's first editorial cartoonist) to the present.

Hess and Northrop do an excellent job of relating cartoons to the political and social climate in which they were created. For example, "Caricatures of [Martin Luther] King, Malcolm X, and the other African American leaders who rose to prominence [in the 1950s and 1960s] are hard to find. Cartoonists and their newspapers grew so sensitive to the volatility of caricaturing black leaders, fearing that they would be perceived as racial slurs.... Instead, cartoonists employed generic situations and peopled them with generic black figures. Martin Luther King Jr. became an invisible man in the cartoons of the [era]."

Readers casually interested in the topic will find Drawn and Quartered an entertaining and unique book. Aficionados will be satisfied with the book's sagacity and depth, and may even discover illustrators that they did not know. All will agree that Hess and Northrop deserve a round of applause. --Michael Gerber

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