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"[Trudeau ranks as] one of the foremost sociopolitical satirists of recent decades."

About the Author

G. B. Trudeau has been drawing his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip for more than forty years. In addition to cartooning, Trudeau has worked in theater, film, and television. He also has been a contributing columnist for the New York Times op-ed page and later an essayist for Time magazine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jane Pauley. They have three grown children.

Trudeau maintains a vivid online presence at www.doonesbury.com and offers deployed troops a forum via his milblog The Sandbox.

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Product Details

  • Series: Doonesbury Books (Andrews & McMeel)
  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0740746715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0740746710
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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G. B. Trudeau's Doonesbury has tracked and explored 40 years of American culture through six wars and eight presidential administrations.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By FateJacketX on April 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
Doonesbury is a mainstay in my life. Just recently have I become a fan and just recently have I picked up almost all the books in order to keep myself up to date.

The political satire involving several major characters over so many years IN REAL TIME is really something to tip your hat to.

This book in particular deals with Arnold's reign of governatorship and the farciful laughs behind his groping of women beforehand, hence his Doonesbury Name "Herr Gropenfuhrer." He is shown as a large groping hand instead of the muscle-bound oldie-but-goodie we all know and love him to be.

More than anything else, this piece chronicles mainstay B.D.'s final days in Iraq as a militaryman. His last helmet is taken off by EMT's who nurse him after a shell-blast has taken off his leg. Stirring stuff and easily my favorite Doonesbury saga.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Guild on August 16, 2006
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Another great Doonesbury production! Trudeau continues to keep up imaginative satire on the American scene.Whether you lean to the left or to the right; you just gotta admit Trudeau is a master of satire. Who but Trudeau would think of representing muscle man Schwartzenegger as "The Hand",and then to really drive the satire in a bit more--call him "Herr Gropenfuhrer"?

Then there's President Bush with his Roman -style War Helmut.Anyone can associate a Cowboy Hat with Bush ;but it takes Trudeau's genius to come up with this helmut.

My one regret about this period is that we didn't get a character of John Dean.Maybe he was just too much for Trudeau to handle without going "TILT".

This seemed to be the period of losses all the way around.Walden loses its Football team and coach,it's very raison d'entre,Zonker loses his chance to run for Governor of California,B.D loses a leg , Duke almost loses Honey to an Iraqi and on top of it all; too many good soldiers lose their lives in Iraq. And we call this a Comic Strip. I have been following the strips since I was a kid. I cut my teeth on Dick Tracey and Pogo . I still follow Tracey,but sadly we have lost the satire of Pogo and the swamp. Life was a lot simpler in those days. One thing was ,we knew who the enemy was; "it was us." in Pogo .In Tracey, it was Mumbles,Flattop,Pruneface or their ilk; and we could trust Tess,Junior, Gravel Gertie and the Police Chief.

I still have a positive criticism on the Doonesbury books,though. It is a shame that the strips are not all in color. They were all colored in my newspaper .The artwork is an

important and extremely good element of this strip and reading it in black and white is like looking at a sunset without its color.Even the sillouettes!

Anyway,fans of Doonesbury will love this book.
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I bought this for my 17 year old grandson and another for my 70 year old sister. It was a great hit with both.
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By Don on August 22, 2015
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A great Trudeau book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lance Kozlowski on March 1, 2013
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But I just don't find Trudeau's later work nearly as engaging, clever or funny as the earlier work. This is not the worst, but not the best either.
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