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Herblock A Cartoonists Life (1993 publication)

by Herbert Block

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A brilliant artist tells it like it was, with sparkling humor. Good insights into five decades of American history. Inside-the-Beltway gossip about American movers and shakers.

Herblock had a sharp pen, considering that he hobnobbed with the people he satirized. He often encountered them at Washington dinners and parties. That could have been awkward, but he was not afraid of the powerful. President Lyndon Johnson said of him, “Oh, he’ll come over and eat your cookies, but then he’ll go back and draw a cartoon giving you hell the next day.” It was a distinction to catch hell from Herblock; his victims sometimes even requested the original cartoons.

His cartoons present a liberal point of view, but no prominent politician was safe from Herblock’s pen. He had no sacred cows. He knew lots of celebrities. The reader will enjoy his anecdotes about fellow cartoonists, authors, journalists, even movie stars. Political cartooning is hard work and Herblock excelled at it for half a century. This book suggests that he enjoyed every minute of it!

A fun read, especially for history buffs and political junkies. Lavishly illustrated with you know what. There is also a photo section. ( )
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