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Bully!: The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt: Illustrated with More Than 250 Vintage Political Cartoons Hardcover – October 31, 2011
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Bully! is a picture album like no other: a treasure trove of political cartoons celebrating our national love affair with Theodore Roosevelt—a gigantic figure from the past, beloved and admired by the American people, then and now.”
—Daniel Ruddy, author of Theodore Roosevelt’s History of the United States
Theodore Roosevelt was the darling of the caricaturists and cartoonists of the golden age of that art form, as this book so well illustrates. These artists’ descendants today long for another Theodore Roosevelt—and they aren’t the only ones.”
—Tweed Roosevelt, President of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, and great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt
If anyone needs proof that cartoons provide the most fun food for thought for the American political system—open up Rick Marschall’s Bully! and start feasting. Great cartoons, forgotten masters of cartooning, brilliant discussion of issues, and a colorful American hero. Bully, indeed.”
—Bob Mankoff, Cartoon Editor, The New Yorker
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Bully! celebrates Roosevelt's seemingly inexhaustible energy, legendary even during his life, as the author of over fifty books, and as a naturalist, historian, cowboy, soldier, sportsman, politician, reformer, diplomat, and explorer. Rather than destroying him, the great tragedies in his life, and there were many, served to strengthen his incredible resolve. His amazing resiliency and ability to sublimate heartbreak, fueled a life of tireless service, whose populist crusades often branded him a traitor to his class.As Marschall states in his foreward, "Presidents were boring up until Roosevelt, and boring after him".Read more ›
The art of the cartoon was pivotal in the creation of TR's image in the American consciousness. So, this volume is equal parts American culture and history. Additionally, it is evident that Marschall has done his reading and research. He incorporates not just the standard Roosevelt timeline and biography --- but, rather, he has utilized much of the recent scholarship of Roosevelt in his text. So, we have a subject new to TR scholarship, a superb additional to the study of cartoon art, and an equally fine basic biography.
The book is handsome. The illustrations are magnificent. And, the story is strenuous, as TR was! It is a perfect companion to the best of TR biographies: Dalton, Morris, and Harbaugh.
Bully is filled page after page with marvelous old color lithographs from not only the famous comic monthlies of the day like Puck and Judge, but many of the more obscure periodicals that most researchers wouldn't have come across. Marshall has amassed the largest private archive of political cartoons in the world and has selected the finest examples for this definitive graphic study of TR. Virtually all the great cartoonists of the time are represented here, among them; Harrison Cady, Rudolf Dirks, Palmer Cox, T.S. Sullivant, Billy DeBeck, J.M. Flagg, George Carlson, "Ding" Darling and Art Young. As such, it presents an overview of political cartooning from the heyday of the form.
The reproductions in the book are sharper than any I've seen and Marshall tells the story of Teddy Roosevelt so well that despite my initial indifference, I quickly became engrossed in the life story of one of the most colorful individuals in American history.
There are hundreds of them scattered throughout the text, plus a full-color cartoon portfolio at the end of each chapter but the first. The text itself is arranged chronologically, each chapter entitled with the beginning and ending years covered within that chapter. This makes foe easy access to a specific aspect of Roosevelt's life and invites the reader to return to whichever section for another perusal. Issues that faced TR, such as government corruption, conservation, foreign affairs, labor and unionism, women's rights and Wall Street greed are still relevant today. The reader will see how a real leader dealt with those same issues that we face today.
This book is not just for Roosevelt admirers but for anyone with an interest in history, art and the beginning of the American Century. It is the life story of a fantastic character, well and warmly told.
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This is a fun account of the life and times of Teddy R and the addition of the political cartoons is great. It worked well on the kindle app on a 1st gen ipad mini. Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Cooper
Purchased this book at a discount store. The huge assortment of Teddy R.-era political cartoons caught my eye, and my first impression was that it looked like a fun read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Guy Greasyfinger
bully wooley good writing cartoons remind me of the old farmer grey.Published 12 months ago by joss krieger
Rick has included many political cartoons in this book, as he tells us about the LIfe of Theodore Roosevelt.
I gave this as a birthday present. We both enjoy this book. DJ
T.R. is probably the ONLY Republican I could bring myself to vote for, but he was a true Progressive that left us with the National Park System and tamed the robber barons for over... Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by LuAnne Parrish