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2024 Hardcover – May 1, 2001
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Twice the winner of the RFK Journalism Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Rall's important books include "Revenge of the Latchkey Kids," about the travails of Generation X, and "Silk Road to Ruin," a survey of ex-Soviet Central Asia. He traveled to Afghanistan during the fall 2001 U.S. invasion, where he drew and wrote "To Afghanistan and Back," the first book of any kind about the war. He was also one of the first journalists to declare the war effort doomed, writing in The Village Voice in December 2001 that the occupation had already been lost.
Rall's latest book is "The Book of Obama: How We Went From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt." His next book, "After We Kill You, We Will Welcome You Back As Honored Guests: Unembedded in Afghanistan," comes out in November 2013.
Inspired after meeting pop artist Keith Haring in a Manhattan subway station in 1986, Rall began posting his cartoons on New York City streets. He eventually picked up 12 small clients, including NY Weekly and a poetry review in Halifax, Nova Scotia, through self-syndication. In 1990, he returned to Columbia University to resume his studies, from which he graduated with a bachelor of arts with honors in history in 1991. (His honors thesis was about American plans to occupy France as an enemy power at the end of World War II.) Later that year, Rall's cartoons were signed for national syndication by San Francisco Chronicle Features, which is no longer in business. He moved to Universal Press Syndicate in 1996.
His cartoons now appear in more than 100 publications around the United States, including the Los Angeles Times, Tucson Weekly, the Harrisburg Patriot-News, Pasadena Weekly and MAD Magazine.
Rall considers himself a neo-traditionalist who uses a unique drawing style to revive the aggressive approach of Thomas Nast, who viewed editorial cartoons as a vehicle for change. His focus is on issues important to ordinary working people--he keeps a sign asking "What do actual people care about?" above his drafting table--such as un- and underemployment, the environment and popular culture, but also comments on political and social trends.
Top Customer Reviews
Overall a quick and very enjoyable book. If you take out the 1984 satire stuff, the book is funny, intriguing, insightful, and downright scary. It left me a couple of nights thinking about how screwed up Western Society really is. Buy it!
There is no momentum. Each page seems to be from a different narrative and there is zero consistency with Winston's personality, sometimes changing several times on the same page. Every time it seems like the plot is about to get going it just derails into another non-sequiter. Reading this was a Master's thesis on tedium. It's not funny, it's not insightful, and Rall's art doesn't even give an attractive window-dressing to the work. I deeply regret wasting my time reading it and wish I'd just quit because there's no payoff.
It was not particularly terrifying nor particularly original. Rall says he is inspired by George Orwell's "1984", but he has really ran smack dab into Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" and George Lucas's "THX 1138" - a future society in which people are controlled by drugs, interactive video porn and other distractions. Not only is Rall's book derivative of the two I mentioned, he didn't even do work up to their standards of quality.
If you want brief entertainment (less than an hour for this reviewer to read the entire thing) and a "lite" version of some deeper works that covers no new ground and features artwork that reminded this reader of Matt Groening's "Life in Hell" series, than this may be your book. Heck, even one of his best lines is a direct rip-off of an old John Cougar album title: "Nothing Matters and What If It Did".
I give this one a "C-" - it is not totally without merit and maybe it will encourage a reader to pick up any of the other works that I have mentioned (including the John Cougar album) for better insight.
I've liked Rall's comic strips. His drawing style is unique and fun, and he's an intelligent guy. He also has a lot of high quality ammunition to fire at this distopian comsumerist/techno crazy society. Yet, 2024 lacked the #1 thing I've gone to his comics for ... humor!
Yes, there were a few funny parts, but not nearly enough to justify this much ink shed.
As for the politics, I'm afraid he's just going to be preaching to the converted here.
Try his web page for his free stuff, and maybe his collections (the worst thing I've ever done) before buying this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Rall's comic political/social satire strikes home. It would be funny if it didn't ring of the reality of what the world is and will become if we don't wake up.Published on June 7, 2010 by Pace Amani
Where all the Brooks, Safires, Krauthammers, all the talking heads on tv, all the bloviators on radio, all the local newspaper know-it-alls fooled us, Ted Rall was one of the rare... Read morePublished on March 2, 2009 by J. P. Kraus
2024 is about mindless consumerism. People are driven only by caring about themselves and collecting "points" to buy useless stuff (really, isn't that where we are almost at now?). Read morePublished on July 27, 2006 by Wendy Schroeder
2024 portrays a very real 21st century "neopostmodern" world run by totalitarian corporations and constant trade wars. Read morePublished on August 5, 2002 by Midwest Book Review