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Drawn to Extremes
Author: Chris Lamb

ISBN: 9780231130660
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 17 December 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 16.5 x 2.2
Four days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Pulitzer Prize--winning cartoonist Joel Pett of the "Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader" chided President George W. Bush for having declared that America would "punish any state that harbored or trained terrorists." In one of his cartoons, Pett asked if this included the state of Florida, where the terrorists had lived and taken flying lessons. When Pett followed with other criticisms of Bush, readers canceled subscriptions, demanded that Pett be fired, and left profane messages on his voice mail. "One elderly woman spat into the phone that I 'should have been in the World Trade Center, 'Pett said. "Such is the power of the cartoon when it is unleashed."

Unrestricted by journalistic standards of objectivity, editorial cartoonists wield ire and irony to reveal the naked truths about presidents, business leaders, and other public figures. Indeed, since the founding of the republic, cartoonists have both made an important contribution to and offered a critical commentary on our society.

This book demonstrates the limits of cartooning from the courtroom to the newsroom. Chris La...

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