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By Victor S. Navasky

A lavishly illustrated, witty, and original look on the remarkable strength of the political comic strip all through historical past to enrage, impress, and amuse.

As a former editor of The manhattan occasions Magazine and the longtime editor of The Nation, Victor S. Navasky is aware simply how transformative—and incendiary—cartoons should be. the following Navasky courses readers via many of the maximum cartoons ever created, together with these through George Grosz, David Levine, Herblock, Honoré Daumier, and Ralph Steadman.  He recounts how cartoonists and caricaturists were censored, threatened, incarcerated, or even murdered for his or her paintings, and asks what makes this paintings shape, too usually brushed off as trivial, so uniquely poised to impact our minds and our hearts.

Drawing on his personal encounters with would-be censors, interviews with cartoonists, and ancient records from comic strip museums around the globe, Navasky examines the political caricature as either artwork and polemic over the centuries. We see afresh photographs so much celebrated for his or her inventive benefit (Picasso's Guernica, Goya's "Duendecitos"), images that provoked outrage (the 2008 Barry Blitt New Yorker cover, which depicted the Obamas as a Muslim and a Black energy militant fist-bumping within the Oval Office), and those who have dictated public discourse (Herblock’s defining snap shots of McCarthyism, the Nazi periodical Der Stürmer’s anti-Semitic caricatures). Navasky ties jointly those and different superlative style examples to bare how political cartoons were not just shooting the zeitgeist all through historical past yet shaping it as well—and how the main strong cartoons hold the facility to surprise, gall, and encourage lengthy after their creation.

Here Victor S. Navasky brilliantly illuminates the genuine energy of 1 of our such a lot enduringly very important kinds of creative expression.

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