Against the Grain: Bombthrowing in the Fine American Tradition of Political Cartooning

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Only in the last few years does it feel like political cartoons have returned to the lofty, influential heights of years past, where some cartoons merited inclusion in history books as examples of the zeitgeist at the time. But even as modern cartoonists offer trenchant, insightful commentary through their art, it feels like the heyday of the political cartoonist is over.

Bill Sanders represents both the past and the present of political cartooning, having covered local and national politics across a dozen presidencies during his time in the press. Against the Grain chronicles not only Bill’s personal experience as an aspiring, established, and later, independent, voice in the political-media sphere but also the influence of the office of political cartoonist itself.

As moments from history large and small come to life through the dozens upon dozens of cartoons featured in the book, the American twentieth century is filtered through a single, laser-focused lens, allowing Sanders to tell his own story while relating how he felt about the major stories across the last half-century.

Against the Grain may ruffle a few feathers, but it’s an intriguing glimpse into the media at its most contentious and its most personal.


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Author Bill Sanders • Jules Feiffer, Foreword
Star Count 3.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 232 pages
Publisher NewSouth Books
Publish Date 2018-Jun-01
ISBN 9781588382948
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Issue January 2019
Category Current Events & Politics
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