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Publisher Comments:

Praise for Ted Rall:

"Rall is known first and foremost for his political cartoons, but, man, he knows how to tell a story, too."—Publishers Weekly

"As tangible and real of a story as was ever put on paper. Raw, honest and completely visceral, [The Year of Loving Dangerously] is a book for the ages."—Comics Waiting Room

In arguably his most radical book published in decades, cartoonist/columnist Ted Rall has produced the book he was always meant to write: a new manifesto for an America heading toward economic and political collapse. While others mourn the damage to the postmodern American capitalist system created by the recent global economic collapse, Rall sees an opportunity. As millions of people lose their jobs and their homes, they and millions more are opening their minds to the possibility of creating a radically different form of government and economic infrastructure.

But there are dangers. As in Russia in 1991, criminals and right-wing extremists are best prepared to fill the power vacuum from a collapsing United States. The best way to stop them, Rall argues, is not collapse—but revolution. Not by other people, but by us. Not in the future, but now.

A Pulitzer Prize finalist and twice the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Ted Rall is a syndicated political cartoonist, opinion columnist, graphic novelist and occasional war correspondent whose work appears in hundreds of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, and Los Angeles Times.

Review:

"Is Rall serious about launching a revolution to overthrow the government of the United States? The cartoonist describes the problems confronting America today as if they were the four horsemen of the apocalypse — wars, financial crises, unemployment, and oil (spills) — and revolution, even a violent one, is the only way. Rall acknowledges the chaos that typically ensues after the collapse or overthrow of an empire, saying that whatever follows will likely, for a time, be worse: 'The Terror followed the French Revolution. Stalin's purges followed the Russian Revolution.' When it comes to what follows, Rall, like many revolutionaries, has less to say: 'We must take the chance.' His revolutionary rants and belief in a green, egalitarian world are compelling, yet a stubborn truth remains: most Americans don't want to revolt, a fact about which Rall seems oblivious, making his Manifesto inadvertently ridiculous. While the cartoonist is right about much of what is wrong with America today, it's hard to take this seriously. For once, the joke's on him. Illustrations. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Book News Annotation:

Leftist political cartoonist and polemicist Rall explicitly calls for the violent overthrow of the US state, arguing not only that ongoing political and economic collapse provide the opportunity, but that the US state is so violent and undemocratic that violent revolution is the only means to achieve change. Over the course of the manifesto he outlines the numerous wrongs against both the American people and against the victims of US wars in order to justify his position, explores the reasons for and limits of the American population's acquiescence to the state and its demands, and assesses some of the tactical and strategic issues that will have to be figured out in order to carry out his program. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

America is finished. Who will take over: us or them? Don’t wait and see, says Ted Rall—rise up now.

Synopsis:

In arguably the most radical book published in decades, cartoonist/columnist Ted Rall has produced the book he was always meant to write: a new manifesto for an America heading toward economic and political collapse. While others mourn the damage to the postmodern American capitalist system created by the recent global economic collapse, Rall sees an opportunity. As millions of people lose their jobs and their homes, they and millions more are opening their minds to the possibility of creating a radically different form of government and economic infrastructure.

But there are dangers. As in Russia in 1991, criminals and right-wing extremists are best prepared to fill the power vacuum from a collapsing United States. The best way to stop them, Rall argues, is not collapse—but revolution. Not by other people, but by us. Not in the future, but now. While it's still possible.

About the Author

Twice the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, TED RALL is a political cartoonist, opinion columnist, graphic novelist and occasional war correspondent whose work has appeared in hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Village Voice, and Los Angeles Times.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583229330
Author:
Rall, Ted
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Author:
Rall, Ted
Subject:
Political Ideologies - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 B&W illustrations
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
6.98 x 5.01 x 0.75 in 0.5625 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Is Rall serious about launching a revolution to overthrow the government of the United States? The cartoonist describes the problems confronting America today as if they were the four horsemen of the apocalypse — wars, financial crises, unemployment, and oil (spills) — and revolution, even a violent one, is the only way. Rall acknowledges the chaos that typically ensues after the collapse or overthrow of an empire, saying that whatever follows will likely, for a time, be worse: 'The Terror followed the French Revolution. Stalin's purges followed the Russian Revolution.' When it comes to what follows, Rall, like many revolutionaries, has less to say: 'We must take the chance.' His revolutionary rants and belief in a green, egalitarian world are compelling, yet a stubborn truth remains: most Americans don't want to revolt, a fact about which Rall seems oblivious, making his Manifesto inadvertently ridiculous. While the cartoonist is right about much of what is wrong with America today, it's hard to take this seriously. For once, the joke's on him. Illustrations. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by ,
America is finished. Who will take over: us or them? Don’t wait and see, says Ted Rall—rise up now.
"Synopsis" by , In arguably the most radical book published in decades, cartoonist/columnist Ted Rall has produced the book he was always meant to write: a new manifesto for an America heading toward economic and political collapse. While others mourn the damage to the postmodern American capitalist system created by the recent global economic collapse, Rall sees an opportunity. As millions of people lose their jobs and their homes, they and millions more are opening their minds to the possibility of creating a radically different form of government and economic infrastructure.

But there are dangers. As in Russia in 1991, criminals and right-wing extremists are best prepared to fill the power vacuum from a collapsing United States. The best way to stop them, Rall argues, is not collapse—but revolution. Not by other people, but by us. Not in the future, but now. While it's still possible.

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