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HERBLOCK: A CARTOONISTS LIFE

Block, Herbert

ISBN 10: 0025118951 / ISBN 13: 9780025118959
Published by Macmillan, 1993
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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372pp Illus "Self-portrait and views of Washington from Roosevelt to Clinton." Signed by Block on the front endpaper. Bookseller Inventory # 30510

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Title: HERBLOCK: A CARTOONISTS LIFE

Publisher: Macmillan

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Block, Herbert

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: By the Author

Edition: Third Printing

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Synopsis:

Now in trade paper--Herbert Block's hilarious memoir, with 250 of his greatest political cartoons, celebrating his 50th anniversary with "The Washington Post". Eight page photo insert.

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Herbert Block, or Herblock, as he is more commonly known, has been an editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post since 1945. A Cartoonist's Life reproduces 250 of his best cartoons from those years (along with some from his earlier stints in Chicago and Cleveland), skewering politicians from Hoover and FDR to Clinton and Gingrich. Herblock also offers his candid reflections on life in the newspaper trade, rubbing shoulders with the people he drew, including the evaluation offered by Lyndon Johnson at a White House reception: "Oh, he'll come over and eat your cookies, but then he'll go back and draw a cartoon giving you hell the next day."

Herblock's always been willing to choose giving the objects of his criticism hell over the easy laugh, as many of the grimmer cartoons on subjects like antigun control lobbyists and the Bosnian conflict attest. The paperback edition includes added material going up to July 1998 addressing campaign finance reform, the unfinished war in Iraq, and the political showdown between President Clinton and independent prosecutor Kenneth Starr.

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