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Top Political Cartoon Books


Books featuring editorial and political cartoons, and politically themed comic strips.

See Also: 2010 Political Gift Guide

1. The Best Political Cartoons of the Year, 2010 Edition

Edited by Daryl Cagle and Brian Fairrington - The creative minds behind the Professional Cartonists index have compiled more than 600 cartoons covering the major topics of 2009, a historic year when America saw its first black president sworn into office. The economy sank despite humungous bailouts and unemployment hit new highs--not to mention the drama of Octomom, Sotomayor, Swine Flue, GM's bankruptcy, Iran's election chaos, and the death of Michael Jackson.
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2. Tee Time in Berzerkistan: A Doonesbury Book

By G. B. Trudeau, 2009 - No rogue regime ever needed its evildoing professionally reframed more urgently than Greater Berzerkistan. Fortunately, the pariah state (and its 50-hole golf course, built overnight by Kurds and Jews) borders Iran, a fact that K Street berlobbyist Duke is retained to parlay into a major U.S. arms package.
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3. Herblock: The Life and Works of the Great Political Cartoonist

By Herbert Block, 2009 - 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.
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4. The Very Silly Mayor

By Tom Tomorrow, 2009 - The first-ever children's book from legendary cartoonist Tom Tomorrow, The Very Silly Mayor uses Tom’s unique combination of humor and social commentary to teach children to trust their own judgment, even if other people might disagree with their views or make fun of them.
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5. The New Yorker Book of Political Cartoons

By Robert Mankoff (editor), 2000 - A classic collection of cartoons skewering politicians and the American public that continues to elect them. Spanning the decades of "New Yorker" political cartooning, the collection is as hilarious as it is timeless.
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6. The Future's So Bright I Can't Bear to Look

By Tom Tomorrow, 2008 - In his latest subversive anthology of cartoons, Tom Tomorrow skewers the absurdities of American political culture — and the depravities of the Bush era — with the sardonic wit and keen insight his many loyal readers have come to expect. From Hurricane Katrina to the latest presidential campaign, these cartoons provide an unflinching look at where we've been — and just how bright we can expect the future to be.
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7. Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The WW II Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel

By Theodor Seuss Geisel, 2001 - Before he wrote and illustrated his popular children's books, Dr. Seuss made his living as a political cartoonist. In this collection of his wartime cartoons, Seuss savages the fascists with cunning caricatures.
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8. Killed Cartoons: Casualties from the War on Free Expression

Edited by David Wallis, 2007 - This outstanding compilation features censored cartoons by the likes of Garry Trudeau, Doug Marlette, Paul Conrad, Mike Luckovich, Matt Davies, and Ted Rall (all Pulitzer Prize winners or finalists), as well as unearthed editorial illustrations by Norman Rockwell, Edward Sorel, Anita Kunz, Marshall Arisman, and Steve Brodner. Whether blasting Bush for his "Bring 'em on!" speech, spanking pedophile priests, questioning capital punishment, or debating the disputed 2000 election, these cartoonists learned that newspapers and magazines increasingly play it safe by suppressing satire.
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9. Get Your War On: The Definitive Account of the War on Terror, 2001-2008

By David Rees, 2008 - This anthology collects all of the "Get Your War On" comic strips that have entertained and horrified millions of people with the antics of clip-arty office workers and their vociferous and profane commentary on the so-called War on Terror. From the first few days of Operation Enduring Freedom to the overhyped pseudo-success of the "surge," Rees has succeeded in depicting a country of grieving, angry, and confused citizens, feeling hatred for — and hatred of — the world beyond our shores.
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10. Slowpoke: One Nation, Oh My God!

By Jen Sorensen, 2008 - "Slowpoke: One Nation, Oh My God!" is the latest collection from award-winning cartoonist Jen Sorensen, and features her best recent work, along with her sharply insightful commentary. Deploying Sorensen’s trademark brand of absurdist humor, this collection chronicles our country’s not-so-gradual demise, lambastes political hypocrisies, and also takes on the latest cultural trends and techno-gadgets.
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