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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Nantier Beall Minoustchine Publishing; First Edition edition (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561631574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561631575
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,675,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ted Rall is a nationally syndicated political cartoonist, columnist, graphic novelist, editor, author and occasional war correspondent.

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.

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By A Customer on January 11, 1998
Format: Paperback
I first saw Ted Rall's work in "Might" magazine. I thought it was great social commentary with an edge. If your tired of being spoon fed your daily dose of reality by Dan Rather, check him out. He exposes the absurdities of everyday life and the ugliness of human behavior. Its black humor with a liberal bent. Not everyone's cup of tea but wickedly funny!
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The cover illustration of the sickeningly real case of a woman that murdered her children because a rich scumbag she had an affair with was rejecting her says it all.

In Rall's crude mis-anthropic style he illustrates tons of bad things people have done they later regretted. From simple animal cruelty to a "Lawn boy mafia" people can really be scum. For sick humor and an eye on humanity worthy of Rotten.com or "Apocalypse Culture" this is a neat book to pick up. This is one book I read cover to cover in a Borders a decade + ago, then neglected to buy it. Then I was thinking about it and despite being a struggling college student was going to buy it, but it was gone. The expanding internet then only had it in "Scalper's prices" every time I checked for years, but then it was pretty cheap so I got it again and didn't regret it.

4 stars coz it's good, though not a timeless classic. Still good and not a waste of paper.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bopcomic@hotmail.com on April 4, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is one of the funniest comics I've read in a long time, and anyone with a truly dark sense of humor will enjoy it. The best story deals with some teenagers locking a kid in a maulseum--over night! I am eagerly awaiting the sequel.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By planitx@aol.com on September 16, 1998
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I love Rall's biting humor and he helped me out of a hard time, by e-mailing me the text to "My War with Brian" when I was having trouble with people at school. I love his monthly MRR Column and his cartoons show us what is really going on without watering it down so its "nice". Keep up the good work!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1998
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The worst thing that people have done, turns out to be animal abuse and treating people badly. I don't think that all of the stories were that funny. It's an easy read and you realise what people are capable of doing!
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