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Get Your War On: The Definitive Account of the War on Terror, 2001-2008 Paperback – November 5, 2008

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"A glorious excoriation of our post-9/11 loony bin."

"[Get Your War On] conveys a hilariously deadpan fatalism while managing to provide a surprisingly articulate expression of our anxieties."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (November 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593762135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593762131
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 11 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #923,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John on December 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
Less than a month after the September 11th attacks, David Rees published the first set of Get Your War On cartoons on his website. I discovered GYWO in early 2002, when 7 or 8 sets had already been published, and immediately I became a fan. There's something intrinsically funny about generic clip-art pictures of office workers using extremely foul language to discuss important political issues. Rees not only seeks to provoke laughter, but to make a point: that even in the post-September 11th era, a little skepticism about the U.S. government's actions is a good thing.
You don't need to read far to figure out that David Rees is not thrilled with the U.S. "war on terror" and all the accompanying propaganda. His characters speak with a variety of tones, from excessive exuberance that looks suspiciously like sarcasm (e.g. "Oh my God, this War on Terrorism is going to RULE! I can't wait until the war is over and there's no more terrorism!") to fatalism ("If you want me to hand over that planning report, you're more than welcome to bomb my cubicle. Who gives a [expletive] anymore?"). The cartoons cover many subjects, such as the bombing of Afghanistan, domestic anti-terrorism programs, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Exxon Mobil's links to murders in Indonesia, the collapse of Enron, and the constant fear that another major terrorist attack could be just around the corner. The cartoon character Voltron also randomly makes an appearance.
GYWO isn't for everyone, of course. Supporters of recent U.S. policy might be irritated by Rees' harsh sarcasm and deep skepticism about American motives. Also, you need a dark sense of humor and a tolerance of gratuitous profanity to appreciate the book. Take the following line as an example--while discussing the food packages that the U.S.
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Format: Paperback
In the days following Sept. 11, about the only thing that moved faster than MSNBC's news tickers was the mass market comic book industry. All the corporate mainstays of the genre, DC, Marvel, and so on were quick to join in the textual and visual relief effort with varying degrees of success. From The Amazing Spider Man #36 to the Heroes project to the 9-11 Artists Respond volumes the lines between humanistic testimony and tribute and jingoistic posturing became murkier and murkier. Enter David Rees, the author of such clip-art classics as "my new filing technique is unstoppable" and the sidesplitting "my new fighting technique is unstoppable" (a must-read for anyone who remembers Black Belt Theater on late night).
Now published by Soft Skull Press, this book collects Rees's clips from October 8, 2001 to August of this year. Rolling Stone magazine even included a small write-up in its August "Hot" Issue (reproduced in that issue is the final page in the book (excluding the epilogue).
Colson Whitehead, former NY journalist and author of the sublimely brilliant THE INTUITIONIST and JOHN HENRY DAYS (in this book he reveals an affinity with comics), usefully focuses on the appropriateness of clip art as THE genre by which to respond to the emotions and events of the past year. In the hands of Rees's generic office drones, file clerks, claims adjusters, and Dilberts-in-waiting, a fierce, sensitive and ultimately humanitarian response emerges.
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By A Customer on October 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
I was browsing through the "current events" section of my local mega bookstore (sorry, amazon) and happened across this decidedly un-serious-looking book. I picked it up and began thumbing through it, and before long, I found myself choking back laughter (didn't want to make a scene). One of the best things about democracy is the diversity of ideas and expression. One need not agree with Rees at all to find these strips hilarious. If you can cope with a generous use of expletives (or "explicatives" (sic) as one reviewer called them), you will find yourself laughing so hard your mid-section aches. My husband and I enjoyed this book so much we bought 10 copies (yes, from amazon) and gave them as gifts to friends!
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I have not bought this book yet but I have read the online comics. They are one of the most hilarious cartoons about the war on terrorism, but I must warn firm supporters of U.S. foreign policy to stay as far as way as possible from this book. You will be so offended that you will be calling Lynne Cheny to tell her to put David Rees on the terrorist watch list and ban all of his literature. If you have a dark sense of humor, a fan of Doonesbury, and you are not offende by profane language, then I recommend this book for you. It only costs $...which is cheap for most collections of comic strips. All of the royalties given to David will go to fight for getting rid of land mines and getting the the U.S. to stop producing land mines, which is a very worthy cause. If you are still not sure if you want to buy this book then may I suggest that you go to a search engine and search for Get Your War On. You should be able to find his free site which contains a bunch of free comic strips from Get Your War On. If you like these free strips then you should love the book because it contains 100 pages of that kind of humor. Almost forgot. If you are a fan of Mallard Fillmore or you are the author of Mallard Fillmore, don't buy this book because you will hate it more than the Clintons, The New York Times, and Tom Daschle combined.
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