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For a quarter of a century, Australian-born Oliphant has been chronicling the facts and foibles of the American presidency through his witty and incisive cartoons. To help readers better understand the art, an introduction is included that provides an overview of the history of caricature as well as a short biography of Pat Oliphant. The text is divided into six sections, each of which covers a president whom Oliphant has chronicled: Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush. While this book is a guide to the exhibit of Oliphant's cartoons and sculpture that will travel to major museums across the U. S. and overseas, it can stand independent of the exhibit. An excellent resource for contemporary American history and government classes. --Roberta Lisker, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA

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About the Author

Pat Oliphant occupies a unique position among today's editorial cartoonists. Widely considered the dean of the profession, he is one of its sharpest, most daring practitioners. Oliphant divides his time between Santa Fe, N.M. and Washington, D.C.
Pat Oliphant is syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Original ed. edition (January 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836218132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836218138
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 21, 2005
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Oliphant is among my favorite political cartoonists even if I do not always share his opinions about a given subject. He is a master draftsman of caricature, to be sure, and -- in most instances -- allows his drawings to speak for themselves without benefit of a caption. What we have in this volume is a collection which spans a period of 25 years during which he attempted to provide, as he explains, "a graphic distillation of the personality of the strutting popinjay on last night's news. [His audience] wants a visual rendering of immediacy and endurance that can be cut from the printed page and saved on the refrigerator, or if disliked, can be ripped from the page, have rude recommendations scrawled upon it, and mailed back to the artist. Such people, pro and con, possess awareness and opinion, and as such are to be blessed." Reactions to Oliphant's work confirm the success of his efforts to achieve one of two reactions which Lucy Shelton Caswell has so aptly described as an "ah" of agreement or an "argh" of disgust.

Credit Alan Fern with providing an especially informative Introduction to this collection. Also credit Wendy Wick Reaves with providing the narrative which accompanies the caricatures of six Presidents, beginning with Lyndon Johnson and concluding with George H.W. Bush. That said, the selections themselves really require little explanation. The subjects are immediately recognizable and Oliphant's point-of-view toward each is never in doubt. Of special interest to me is the series of color plates, of which I was previously unaware. They are assembled in a special section. (Their item numbers are 13, 28, 29, 42, 49, 57, 73, 83, and 84.) We are also provided with a series of rough but quite clever sketches, reproduced from Oliphant's notebook.
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This book is OK and BTW I happen to be a big fan of Oliphant, but from now on I'll just stick to collections of his cartoons

PS: Why does amazon mandate a written review? All that does is discourage people from being able to review a product with one to five stars in case they happen to be lazy, busy or otherwise uninterested in writing a review.
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Oliphant has long been one of the major political cartoonists of recent decades, though this volume lacks the bite that I had anticipated.
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Wonderful caricature at it's finest.
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Great!
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