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In 2006, a cartoon in a Danish newspaper depicted the Prophet Mohammed wearing a bomb in his turban. The cartoon created an international incident, with offended Muslims attacking Danish embassies and threatening the life of the cartoonist. Editorial cartoons have been called the most extreme form of criticism society will allow, but not all cartoons are tolerated. Unrestricted by journalistic standards of objectivity, editorial cartoonists wield ire and irony to reveal the naked truths about presidents, celebrities, business leaders, and other public figures. Indeed, since the founding of the republic, cartoonists have made important contributions to and offered critical commentary on our society. Today, however, many syndicated cartoons are relatively generic and gag-related, reflecting a weakening of the newspaper industry's traditional watchdog function. Chris Lamb offers a richly illustrated and engaging history of a still vibrant medium that "forces us to take a look at ourselves for what we are and not what we want to be." The 150 drawings in Drawn to Extremes have left readers howling-sometimes in laughter, but often in protest.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Chronicle of Higher Education - Nina C. Ayoub

If political cartoonists were to draw Chris Lamb, it might be as their knight, charging into battle.

ForeWordMagazine
A thoughtfully composed and well-illustrated investigation of the role of those who serve as society's watchdogs.
Political Communication - David W. Park

An important step forward for scholarship concerning editorial cartooning.

Globe and Mail - H.J. Kirchhoff

Lamb's book is a welcome look at a type of journalism that is given extraordinary latitude.

Choice

A book that will serve as a wake-up call to those who refuse to acknowledge the diminution of freedom of expression and democratic ideals in the U.S....Essential

Chronicle of Higher Education
If political cartoonists were to draw Chris Lamb, it might be as their knight, charging into battle.

— Nina C. Ayoub

Financial Times

[Lamb's] book is passionately argued...and the dozens of reproductions are fantastic.

Choice

A book that will serve as a wake-up call to those who refuse to acknowledge the diminution of freedom of expression and democratic ideals in the U.S....Essential

ForeWord Magazine

A thoughtfully composed and well-illustrated investigation of the role of those who serve as society's watchdogs.

Political Communication
An important step forward for scholarship concerning editorial cartooning.

— David W. Park

Globe and Mail

Lamb's book is a welcome look at a type of journalism that is given extraordinary latitude.

— H.J. Kirchhoff

Globe & Mail
Lamb's book is a welcome look at a type of journalism that is given extraordinary latitude.

— H.J. Kirchhoff

Bookforum - James Poniewozik

Lamb's research, however, pays off in his enlightening history of cartooning, loaded with entertaining incidents beyond the well-known.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson

The insightfully selected cartoons alone are worth the book.

Bookforum
Lamb's research, however, pays off in his enlightening history of cartooning, loaded with entertaining incidents beyond the well-known.

— James Poniewozik

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231130660
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 0.81 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Lamb is an associate professor of communication at the College of Charleston. His articles on editorial cartooning have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, Baltimore Sun, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and trade journal Editor & Publisher.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

1. "You Should've Been in the World Trade Center!"2. "President Bush Has Been Reading Doonesbury and Taking It Much Too Seriously"3. "No Honest Man Need Fear Cartoons"4. "McCarthyism"5. "Second-Class Citizens of the Editorial Page"6. "We Certainly Don't Want to Make People Uncomfortable Now, Do We?"7. "That's Not a Definition of Libel; That's a Job Description"8. "Comfort the Afflicted and Afflict the Comfortable"

Columbia University Press

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