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Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion: Investor's Business Daily Pulitzer Prize-Winning Editorial Cartoonist Hardcover – October 6, 2008
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An editorial cartoon is not just a funny picture, says two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Ramirez. It is a powerful instrument of journalism, sometimes sharp and refined, its message cutting quickly to the point, and at other times, blunt and overpowering, seizing the readers' attention with its dark imagery.
In Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, Michael Ramirez, the internationally known editorial cartoonist for Investor's Business Daily who has been making headlines and stirring up controversy since 1983, offers a comprehensive collection of his award-winning cartoons, accompanied by an introduction to the images highlighted throughout the book. Each cartoon shows that a picture is worth a thousand words and transforms the news of the day into eye-catching, provocative, and hilarious images that draw people into the democratic process.
In a world of textual information, Ramirez combines an encyclopedic knowledge of the news with a captivating drawing style to create consistently outstanding and highly incisive satirical cartoons. His commentary on everything from the economy and markets to politics and international affairs offers a unique perspective on today's issues, particularly during presidential election years. They take a humorously insightful look at the world around us, making readers laugh while informing them on the issues of our times.
Some of these cartoons may make you laugh. Some will make you cringe. But all of them will make you think. Throughout Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, Ramirez's artistic skill, biting humor, and penetrating analysis shine through and shed light on what's really going on in our world today.
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Praise for Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion
"Ramirez lances the Left with the best weapon of all. Humor. As Ronald Reagan said, 'Just laugh at them.' Mike is second only to me in showing how it's done."'
Rush Limbaugh, radio host
"Michael Ramirez says more in one cartoon than most talking heads say in a full day. Plus, Ramirez is hilarious."
Bill O'Reilly, anchor, Fox News Channel
"The quickest way to end all debate with liberals is to pull out a cartoon by Michael Ramirez. Michael has an uncanny ability to cut through all the spin and expose the truth in a single, often hilarious, picture."
Sean Hannity, anchor, Fox News Channel
"In today's political environment where liberals hide behind the label of 'progressive' and moderates pose as 'conservatives,' Michael Ramirez strips them of their disguises. His powerful points of view are conveyed in an incomparable illustrative style. No other editorial cartoonist today can match the majesty and wit of Michael Ramirez's cartoons. With his razor-sharp eye and potent pen, Ramirez takes no prisoners. Liberals, bureaucrats, and imposters beware."
Ann Coulter, six-time New York Times bestselling author
"As a columnist who works with words, I strongly reject the familiar axiom that a picture is worth a thousand words. Unless, of course, they are the marvelous pictures that Michael Ramirez draws. They are sometimes worth a thousand columns. Andthis really is unfairhe gets to add his always well-chosen words to his pictures. See, for example, page 26, where a public school official lays down the law to a clergyman: 'You can't say prayers during graduation ceremonies. But if you print them on condoms, we would be happy to distribute them.' What fun."
George F. Will, nationally syndicated columnist
"Editorial cartoonists are able to convey in a simple, yet vivid and powerful message what the columnist often needs 1,000 words to do. The best cartoonsfunny or sobering and seriousare like an unexpected punch to the gut. The brilliance of a great editorial cartoon is its simplicity in carrying great substance. If editorial cartooning were baseball, Michael Ramirez would be Babe Ruth. If you like really cutting-edge political humor and want to laugh and cry at the foibles of America's political figures, this book is for you."
Mike Huckabee, Governor of Arkansas, 19962007, GOP Presidential Candidate 2008
"I'm a longtime Investor's Business Daily reader, so I know and appreciate Michael's work firsthand. While some editorial cartoonists focus on the punch line and forget the point, Michael seamlessly mixes humor with hard-hitting journalism. His two Pulitzers are well deserved."
Larry Kudlow, host, CNBC's Kudlow & Company
Top Customer Reviews
Ramirez is the rarest of gems: a highly talented artist, a creative genius, a courageous journalist and a principled and thinking conservative. "Everyone has the right to my opinion," represents the highest level of craft in an art that, if practiced correctly, can have a deep impact on the American body politic.
Thomas Nast, the father of the modern American editorial cartoon, would be proud.
Reviewer: Chuck DeVore is Vice President of Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He served in the California State Assemblyman from 2004 to 2010. Before his election, he was an executive in the aerospace industry. He was a Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs in the Department of Defense from 1986 to 1988. He is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army (retired) Reserve. DeVore is the author of "The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America," the co-author of "China Attacks," and author of the novel "Twilight of the Rising Sun."
Many editorial cartoonists seem to be capable thinking, but appear to be lacking in genuine artistic ability. They produce glorified stick figures that require a lot of help from the viewer to fully capture the artists desired result. Not so with Ramirez. He splashes the page with wit and wisdom in full color, with exquisite detail. Most often working on a 24-hour turn-around, the work he produces is simply amazing.
This collection includes his Pulitzer collections from 1994 and from 2008, plus many more. Each one calls to mind political events and figures and debates brilliantly. I remember when I was a kid my dad had a book, a cartoon history of the United States, but I was too historically ignorant at the time to get the humor. The cartoons in Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion cover the last 15-20 years, well within my memory.
Ramirez is definitely a conservative, and conservatives will be nodding and laughing in agreement at almost every frame. On a few occasions he does stray from the party line, notably his balanced treatment of the Middle East. One of my favorites clearly illustrates a pet peeve of mine: the use of biofuels, driving up the price of food and taking up arable land. A man in a Western suit is taking an ear of corn away from an African child. He says, "Excuse me. I'm going to need this to run my car."
As one who talks with self-proclaimed investing experts on a regular basis in my professional capacity, I saw another favorite, a chain smoker sitting in front of his computer, pulling a slot machine lever. The caption: "Day trader."
There are too many great ones to reproduce here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it is a shame that our civilization can look at pure hatred and like it. Mr. Ramirez specializes in right-wing Snark. It is hard to believe all of the awards this man has won. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, and glad to have a collection of Ramirez's excellent art. Highly recommend.Published 5 months ago by R. Mcclain
Brilliant work. Mr. Ramirez combines wonderful artistry with great political insight.Published 10 months ago by David R. Hill
I've never read a Michael Ramirez cartoon I didn't like. He's a brilliant guy, and a UCI Anteater!Published 14 months ago by SMB
The soul of our age! Just love Michael Ramirez and can't wait for his next illustrated book!Published 15 months ago by Marie
Great art work and political satire that is right on the money. His work gets ones attention and causes you to look for more information if you aren't that well informed.Published on July 31, 2014 by dave balun