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APT TRIBUTE TO AN ICONIC THINKER AND ARTIST,
This review is from: Herblock: The Life and Works of the Great Political Cartoonist (Hardcover)
What can you do? When it comes to national politics and politicians sometimes all we can do is cry or laugh. Thank goodness for the late great editorial cartoonist Herb Block who helped us laugh in both the best of times and the worst of times. Yes, we chuckled whether it was at Adolf Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, the Great Depression, the New Deal or the atomic age. Block's work, which covered nearly 75 years serves as a record of our history, pinpointing events that shaped our country politically, culturally, and socially.
Words cannot describe Block's contributions but reproductions of his cartoons found in HERBLOCK surely do. We're reminded of how his work influenced both politicians and public opinion when we note that in the early 1930's with Hitler on the horizon Block warned of the Nazi menace. He revealed Huey Long for who he truly was portraying Long screaming into a microphone as before him a figure wrapped in chains represented Louisiana.
There was little that he did not tackle and for this he received numerous honors plus three Pulitzer Prizes as well as a place in the hearts and minds of countless Americans.
HERBLOCK offers some 200 of Block's cartoons presented in historic order plus a DVD containing 18,000 cartoons. A magnificent collection and apt tribute to an iconic thinker and artist!
- Gail Cooke