Synopses & Reviews
Ted Rall is best known for saying today what will become conventional wisdom tomorrow. His GENERALISSIMO EL BUSHO is the ultimate chronicle of the most polarizing presidency in modern American history, a brilliantly tragicomic week-by-week dissection of the Bush Administration's follies and crimes as seen by America's most courageous editorial cartoonist and political writer.
Ted Rall, who has traveled and reported from the world's hottest trouble spots, recognizes a dictator when he sees one. And he doesn't scare easily. Having seized power extraconstitutionally, Bush and his cabal of corrupt businessmen made it obvious that they intended to rule with ruthless zeal. Unlike most of his fellow journalists, however, Rall refused to be cowed--even in the wake of 9/11. Others came out of the woodwork during 2003, but Ted Rall's ferocious denunciations of our ersatz president and his assaults on our precious freedoms stood virtually alone during the flag-waving weeks and months following the attacks on New York and Washington. And unlike every other commentator, Rall used two different forms of media--cartoons and essays--to speak brutally honest truth to power even as he fended off death threats.
Brave, uncompromising and fiercely devoted to traditional American values of freedom and integrity, Ted Rall's GENERALISSIMO EL BUSHO collects the best of his hilarious cartoons and brutally honest essays during the Bush years.
"Even when the country was rallying around President Bush, syndicated cartoonist and columnist Rall remained in a state of outrage one he effectively maintains throughout this book, a set of essay-like meditations on a Pinochetesque figure he calls 'Generalissimo El Busho.' Each of 60 or so short salvos is typically accompanied by one to three cartoons (at most four to six panels). Bush's election ('The Seizure of Power') is followed by a post-9/11 cartoon on the president's attitudes toward civil liberties violations titled 'Martin Niemoller Now' referring to the priest who said, in part, 'When they came for Jews, I did not speak up, because I wasn't a Jew.' A prescient cartoon imagines the prison at Guantnamo as the reality show Gitmo House. A 'Canyon of Heroes' cartoon cites a 9/11 victim: 'My death helped create the political climate that allowed tax cuts for rich folks during a recession.' Love him or hate him, Rall is never less than provocative. The material is current through March 2004, and much of it still stings. A specialist on Central Asia, Rall actually went to Afghanistan and wrote, 'We won the war but we lost the peace. Will we do the same thing in Iraq? Count on it.' Agent, NBM." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Paperback edition! In time for the election campaign, Raall compiles his most scathing cartoons and commentary aimed at what he perceives as our first non-elected president, one of the most hawkish and mean-spiritedly imcompetent in U.S. history
About the Author
Twice winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Ted Rall is a syndicated editorial cartoonist and columnist for Universal Press Syndicate. His previous books include To Afghanistan and Back, Revenge of the Latchkey Kids and 2024.