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Dr. Seuss Goes to War: The World War II Editorial Cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geiselby Richard H. Minear
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A treasure trove of World War II-era political cartoons by the creator of The Cat in the Hat. For decades, readers throughout the world have enjoyed the wonderful stories and illustrations of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. But few know Geisel's work as a political cartoonist for the New York daily newspaper PM during World War II. In these trenchant cartoons, Geisel captured the Zeitgeist — especially the attitudes of the New Deal liberals who read PM — with signature Seussian flair. Dr. Seuss Goes to War features handsome, large-format reproductions of almost 200 of the best of Geisel's cartoons from this time. The cartoons savage Hitler, Japan, Stalin, Mussolini, and "isolationist" leaders such as Charles Lindbergh. They exhort readers to give full support to the war effort, put up with shortages, buy U. S. savings bonds, and help control inflation. They are sharply critical of anti-Semitism and anti-black racism — and, shockingly, undeniably racist in their portrayal of Japanese Americans. An introduction and commentary by Richard H. Minear, historian of the era and author of Victors' Justice, place them in context and illuminate the national climate they reflect. Lovers of Dr. Seuss will take renewed delight in his whimsical and imaginative illustrations even as they may be disturbed by the attitudes reflected in some of his work. Those for whom World War II is an abiding passion will find a brand-new look at the war and American involvement. And those concerned with American attitudes--particularly in the press — will find that Dr. Seuss's cartoons of 1941 and 1942 bring back to life the mood and the issues of the day.
"This is scathing, fascinating stuff, and with Minear's commentary, it provides a provocative history of wartime politics." Margot Mifflin, Entertainment Weekly
"This is scathing, fascinating stuff, and with Minear's commentary, it provides a provocative history of wartime politics." Brian M. Raftery, Entertainment Weekly
"This is a genuine find: A collection of editorial cartoons penned in 1941 and 1942 by Theodor Seuss Geissel — Dr. Seuss — for a short-lived daily newspaper called PM." Stephanie Zacharek, Salon
"A shocker — this cat is not in the hat!" Studs Terkel
This volume contains a treasure trove of World War II era political cartoons by the creator of "The Cat in the Hat", as political cartoonist for the New York daily newspaper. His remarkable and arresting cartoons exhort readers to give full support to the war effort, put up with shortages, buy US savings bonds, and help control inflation.
For decades, readers throughout the world have enjoyed the marvelous stories and illustrations of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. But few know the work Geisel did as a political cartoonist during World War II, for the New York daily newspaper PM. In these extraordinarily trenchant cartoons, Geisel presents "a provocative history of wartime politics" (Entertainment Weekly). Dr. Seuss Goes to War features handsome, large-format reproductions of more than two hundred of Geisels cartoons, alongside "insightful" (Booklist) commentary by the historian Richard H. Minear that places them in the context of the national climate they reflect.
Pulitzer Prizewinner Art Spiegelmans introduction places Seuss firmly in the pantheon of the leading political cartoonists of our time.
About the Author
One of the countrys leading historians of Japan during World War II, Richard H. Minear is a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is also the author of Victors Justice: The Tokyo War Crimes Trial. Art Spiegelman is a writer and cartoonist, and author of the Pulitzer Prizewinning Maus.
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