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Editorial Reviews


"The book is almost encyclopedic in its breadth, serving as a useful overview of the many ways in which postwar satire articulated cultural criticism. . . . Indispensable for understanding the role of humor in contemporary American culture."
(Ethan Thompson Journal of American History)

"Kercher's book offers an indispensable account of what it meant to be funny about unfunny things in postwar America."
(Howard Brick American Historical Review)

"The prose never becomes overwhelmed by detail and the judgements are consistently informed, balanced and judicious. An added pleasure is the reproduction of some memorable cartoons among the various illustrations. Altogether it is an impressive achievement."
(John Kentleton History)

"Kercher's work is exceptionally well researched, very readable, and covers an impressive range of examples. . . . A book that is informative, engaging, thoughtful, and, for individuals  who lived through those times, nostalgic."
(LeRoy Ashby The Historian)

About the Author

Stephen Kercher is assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 588 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (September 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226431649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226431642
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,594,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Early liberal satirists helped oppose the nation's leaders and their policies, providing an alternative to political conservatism during the 1950s and 60s: REVEL WITH A CAUSE focuses on the use of comedy and satire to prove alternative commentary and nonconforming ideas to the public. College-level students of media studies or American social issues will find it a fine survey of the uses of comedy and satire in the political and social arena.

Diane C. Donovan

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