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"The granddaddy of all such compilations." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Provocative, sometimes controversial, and always clever, the more than 400 cartoons by some 160 cartoonists in this collection present the sharpest political and cultural commentary on the year's major newsworthy events. Congressional politics, the war in Iraq, the Olympics, the brutal presidential campaign season, and the historic presidential election of Barack Obama provided ample fodder for the witty wiles of the country's leading cartoonists.

From the energy crisis to the mortgage crisis, these cartoons span the spectrum from liberal to conservative and include contributions from outstanding artists, including the recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Headliner Award, and the Herblock Prize. As in any election year, the presidential hopefuls found themselves the objects of the cartoonists' slings and barbs, and this collection exceptionally highlights the ups and downs of each candidate's campaign, from Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin to John McCain, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama.

Pelican has presented this compilation of the country's most outstanding editorial cartoons since 1972. Cleverly conceived and exceptionally executed, the pieces in this collection present a panorama of exceptional pictorial digs and gibes inked by the year's finest editorial cartoonists. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year Series
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781455616152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455616152
  • ASIN: 145561615X
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Philip S. Wolf on January 26, 2008
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As a cartoonist for a small town newspaper somewhere in the mountians of California, every year I purchase: "Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year".

The 2008 edition is aother outstanding volume, and full of wonderful political insight from the year 2007. This series spotlights the best of the best, and they are here: Walt Handelsman, Jimmy Margulies, Mike Peters and Dick Locher. Over 100 other great cartoonists are featured in the pages of this book, and I cannot recommend this series highly enough. This is the Bible of the very best political cartoons of the year, and it is as entertaining as it is educational.

Subjects included in this 2008 edition include: The Presidential Campaign, The Bush Administration, The Economy, Crime and Entertainment. From Dick Cheeney to Britney Spears, nobody is safe from the wrath of these cartoonists. The Iraq War, gas prices and immigration are all under attack in the pages of this book.

From 1972 to 2008; "The Best Editorial Cartoons Of The Year" are THE books on this subject. And if: "The Daily Show" is must-see viewing in your home, this book belongs on your bookshelf as well.
FIVE STARS !!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Feldstein on May 17, 2008
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Since the 1980's I have purchased this book. Each year I find it rewarding. I am disturbed at the fact that too many papers do not have regular cartoonists. They are valuable and needed. There is indeed humor, as this collection so well shows, in the foibles of our political life. If you don't have it, buy it. Better still, try to get your library to get this and past issues. It is a valuable resource.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Opa Jim C on February 12, 2009
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Read a few pages at a sitting. They seem to get better and better.
I recomend this book for all who have an open mind. JBC
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reading Junkie VINE VOICE on February 9, 2009
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Another solid collection of political cartoons, as edited by Charles Brooks. Many of the cartoons deal with our historic election of Barack Obama as our president. Also covered are Hillary Clinton, the war in Iraq, "W," etc.

My only complaint? I wish there would be more cartoons present in these books. I love editorial cartoons, and this book could be double the size and I'd still want more!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 3, 2004
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Compiled and organized by Charles Brooks, Best Editorial Cartoons Of The Year 2004 Edition is the Pelican Publishing Company's latest annual anthology of editorial cartoons. Here is a very highly recommended compilation of political cartoons which are keenly in touch with the current pulse of modern history. Featuring the black-and-white work of award winning cartoonists, along with a very brief recap of the current events directly relevant to each section of cartoons preceding the wry masterpieces themselves, Best Editorial Cartoons Of The Year 2004 Edition is as much a classic as the preceding volumes in this outstanding series and extremely difficult to put down once it's picked up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marvin Dean Cox on March 11, 2013
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The best editorial cartoons. While most editorial cartoons are liberal, the Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year series presents a more balanced compilation of the political and topical editorial cartooning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike on December 26, 2012
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I have collected this book for a long time and enjoy the editorial cartoons of the year. These cartoons are able to give a message without much space and it is a time machine later when remembering the past.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T.F. ZUBER on April 4, 2012
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I look forward each year for the new edition of The Best Political Cartoons of (the year). Published each year since the early 70's, the selected drawings of our political world so candidly summarize the past year. Additionally, the brilliant cartoonists who have been recognized by various institutions honoring this special field of art are cited with a brief biography of the recipient.

Charles Brooks who edited each of the previous publications, passed away this year but he will be well remembered for his enormous contribution to both the unique expressions of our history and well as the collection of talented pollitical artists whose work is so prominent. Fortunately, Amazon.com offers each new edition immediately as it is published.

I now have the complete collection of this series and will continue to look forward to each new edition. To see the foibles and faux pas of our world leaders
this annual collection is a must read. As some great man once said "Leave 'em laughing."
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