Book Description of "Dr. Seuss Goes to War"
A treasure trove of World War II-era political cartoons by the creator of The Cat in
the Hat. For decades, readers throughout the world have enjoyed the wonderful stories and
illustrations of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. But few know Geisel's
work as a political cartoonist for the New York daily newspaper PM during World War II,
collected now in the book Dr. Seuss Goes to War. In these trenchant cartoons,
Geisel captured the Zeitgeist especially the attitudes of the New Deal liberals who
read PM with signature Seussian flair.
Dr. Seuss Goes to War features handsome,
large-format reproductions of almost 200 of the best of Geisel's cartoons from this time.
The cartoons savage Hitler, Japan, Stalin, Mussolini, and "isolationist" leaders
such as Charles Lindbergh. They exhort readers to give full support to the war effort, put
up with shortages, buy U. S. savings bonds, and help control inflation. They are sharply
critical of anti-Semitism and anti-black racism--and, shockingly, undeniably racist in
their portrayal of Japanese Americans.
An introduction and commentary by Richard H. Minear,
historian of the era and author of Victors' Justice, place them in context and illuminate
the national climate they reflect. Lovers of Dr. Seuss will take renewed delight in his
whimsical and imaginative illustrations even as they may be disturbed by the attitudes
reflected in some of his work. Those for whom World War II is an abiding passion will find
a brand-new look at the war and American involvement. And those concerned with American
attitudes particularly in the press will find that Dr. Seuss's cartoons of
1941 and 1942 bring back to life the mood and the issues of the day.
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