A TREASURY OF AMERICAN POLITICAL HUMOR by Leonard - Ed. Lewin

A TREASURY OF AMERICAN POLITICAL HUMOR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The editor collected these editorials, columns and magazine articles on this basis: each illustrates the witty handling of an enduring political point even though the subject was a contemporary issue. The time range goes from before the bitter Ambrose Bierce and comes down to the present with the inspired nonsense of Art Buchwald. This is a non-partisan selection -- Westbrook Pegler is cheek by jowl with Norman Mailer and an entry by Whittaker Chambers is neighbor to one from Jules Feiffer. Broad subject headings have been used to organize the material such as, Campaigns and Candidates, Conventions, Patronage, etc. Some of the contemporary political division points get a section to themselves -- Russia, Cuba, ""Overkill,"" Race and Space. Completely different from the recent and excellent book by Leon Harris, The Fine Art of Political Wit, (p. 634) this book should share the same audience -- the politically aware. It is an exceptionally good book for browsing, but it is unfortunate that bibliographic information has been jettisoned due to considerations of length.

Publisher: Delacorte Press